By Patrick Akoto
Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri has praised the quality of the Black Stars describing them as world class team with world class players.
The four-time African champions beat The Flames 1-0 in Lilongwe on Saturday to complete a 3-0 aggregrate win to make their 19th appearance in the Nations Cup.
Parma youngster Afriyie Acquah’s second minute strike was enough to seal the sweet victory for the West African giants.
The 57-year-old has come under intense pressure to quit his post after they failed to book a seat at next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa.
But he insists he will not resign from the post and has no regrets to have lost to the Black Stars.
““I am not resigning, why should you ask me to resign? fumed Kinnah Phiri to a question from a Ghanaian journalist.
‘We lost to a world class team with world class players. We didn’t lose to Djibouti or some small team. We are talking about Ghana.
“The tendency of Malawian supporters is not good, it’s like people came already planned that they should chant-abusive songs-against the coach.
“Let us give each other support and if there is any problem let us help each other in a good manner.
‘We suffered very early in the game. We then had the control of possession but couldn’t create enough chances.”
Kinnah recently signed a contract extension that will keep him as tactician of the Flames until 2014.