Coach Mtawali says sorry to fans for ‘unacceptable’ Malawi defeat against Zimbabwe

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: Embarrassing defeat

Mtawali: Embarrassing defeat

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 Namwera

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How did the Coach select Msowoya to be the Captain? The boy is very emotional and kept complaining and received warnings from the Referee because of his bad behaviour on the pitch. The Captain is supposed to demonstrate maturity and sound behaviour and inspire every player on his side to fight in order to win. Msowoya did totally the opposite. Ngati mwayamba kulandira masweet kuchokera kwa anyamatawa, u Coach muulephera baba Mtawali. The choice of a Goal keeper was also not acceptable.Just resign so we can have a new crop of technical panel to coach our national football team –… Read more »

Guys Ernest has never coached any psl team even in South Africa the last team he coached was sundowns under 12 and he gets back home we make him a national team coach and expect him to yield results totally impossible,FAM all you need is to put your house in order and take this disgrace away from Malawians by employing a proper coach for our national team,and Mr James Chuma please take an action,Malawians don’t need this disgrace anymore.

John Kaunda

The government of Malawi must stop sponsoring football and instead must consecrate investing in agriculture. Football in our country has no future at all. we are very tired at the everlasting poor results. This has also contributed to the economic decline of our country because all those involved in football are paid for their benefit and not for the benefit of the the country. Therefore it is better to pump in money in areas in which the country can recover and benefit the entire nation.


Zimbabwe is just unstoppable at the moment. The youngsters are extremely talented and had they had adequate time in camp like what the Flames did, I tell you yesterday was going to be a real humiliation for the Flames, a total massacre if I may put it that way. But I liked the Kamwendo guy, he is very industrious and talented, unfortunately there was no-one to complement his effort otherwise Malawi could have got a consolation or even two


the coach is a novice good people. we needed a seasoned tactician but Walter and FAM goofed big time, infact this arrogant mtawali should have been understudying an experienced coach not throwing him in the mix.

The Malawi National Team is a total embarrassment and should stop shading crocodile tears.Any coach who want to spoil his resume aspires to coach this bunch of daydreamers and unpatriotic boys . who has nothing to lose but are busy enjoying our hard earned tax, I strongly believe the Sports Council should change its focus and stop funding these useless boy who are very unpredictable and unpatriotic to their Nation. I urge Sports Council to disband the smoke (The flame) and instead support our most deserving Malawi Queens. Why should these silly boys who gets the lions share of our… Read more »

Sorry is a kak.


you want to tell me you had not seen this coming, you thought you would beat Zimbabwe ??? There is nothing unacceptable here Mr Mtawali, you simply have to enjoy your life, it’s not your fault…your country currently simply doesn’t have talent

I agree with this guy called Zimbabwe even though I have never been his country’s admirer.The fact that he is straight to the point, I like that- he hasn’t expressed an insult but exposing Malawi’s current footballing situation. It is true that Ernest Mtawali is one of those unbaked coaches with no qualitative coaching skills and technical expertise but due to lack of commitment to support football by government, FAM settled for this former midfielder from Luromo,Karonga- well, we call it “best buy Malawian” even though adding mediocrity to our dwindling standards.However, Ernest is just part of the problem which… Read more »

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