‘I will not resign’ defiant Flames Coach Marinica resists calls to quit

By Staff Reporter

Malawi’s Flames Head Coach, Marian Mario Marinica, says he will not resign despite the embarrassing 4-0 thumping by Egypt in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group D qualifier at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

The Romanian told a media briefing after the match that he is equally devastated by the humiliation, but he will not be forced to resign and will wait for his contract to end in the first week of April.

Mario Marinica

The Flames’ chances of qualifying for next year’s continental showpiece in the Ivory Coast have been shattered by the 4-0 drubbing by the seven-time champions who have moved into second with 9 points from four games.

Marinica also took a swipe at local fans for what he termed unpatriotic behavior after a section of them gave Liverpool ace, Mohammed Salah, a standing ovation and booed their own players.

Before the match, some fans were seen carrying placards that had messages calling for the resignation of the coach and FAM President, Walter Nyamilandu.


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