Malawi national football team (Flames) coach Kinnah Phiri has said he would still be in the comfort zone even if he quits his job.
Kinnah on Monday lost his cool after being angered by remarks made by former FAM acting general secretary George Kaudza-Masina.
“I am well-to-do. Even if I were to quit coaching the national team, I would not suffer. I agreed to coach the team because of the love for my country and that is why I accepted the small amount [that I was offered].
“People like Kaudza-Masina just criticise for the sake of it. They do not appreciate when the team does well. Why does he not comment when the team does well?” questioned Kinnah when he phoned The Nation.
He also said while others are criticising him, he has achieved during his tenure as national coach.
“We qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations after 26 years, which was no mean achievement,” said Kinnah.
He also said it is surprising that while other reputable tacticians such as the Kenya and Nigeria coaches were praising Flamesâ€™ performance, some local pundits are busy finding faults.
Kaudza-Masina described Kinnahâ€™s comments as unfortunate.
“As a national coach, he should be open to criticism. I have nothing personal against him. If anything, I would be happy if he is successful because it makes us all proud,” said Kaudza-Masina.