Malawi national team head coach Ernest Mtawali has apologised to fans for the Flames 0-3 defeat to Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday and missing out of the Africa Cup of Nation finals.
Mtawali described his team’s performance as “unacceptable”, after they crashed out of the tournament with one academic fixture remaining at home against Swaziland in September.
In an emotional post-match interview, Mtawali branded the Harare debacle “humiliating”, and made a point of addressing the nation to say sorry.
“It’s unacceptable to play this way. I am apologizing to Malawians for this shameful defeat,” said Mtawali.
Mtawali said he is now focusing on winning the Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup .
“I am now focusing on doing well at the Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup in Namibia in order to console your heavy hearts,” said the Malawi coach.
Despite dominating most of t the match, with some methodical build ups, the Flames could not find the winning formula against Warriors who scored through striker Knowledge Musona when he converted a penalty in the 16th minute, before Khama Billiat added the second with a cheeky goal after being set up by defender, Onismor Bhasera.
Substitute, Cuthbert Malajila secured the points with the third goal.
.According to Zimbabwe’s Newsday report, Malawi were the artists, playing some beautiful passes, but the Warriors were the artisans, who got the job done.
Malawi squad: C Swini, C Msavoya, H Nyirenda, J Lamjesi, S Samudi, F Mulimbika, F Mulimbika, P Wadabwa, W Jeremani, (M Mhone 46), J Kamwendo, J Banda (H Mhango 40), R NamweraFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :