Heartbreak for Malawi again: Zimbabwe win 3-0

Familiar story! Malawi national football team has failed again, beaten 0-3 by Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday for the Warriors to clinch a place in the finals of Africa Cup of Nations and the Flames are out.

Mtawali: Let there be fierce competition for places

Mtawali: Sink

Malawi conceded first goal in the first 14 minutes when Knowledge Musona plant the ball into the net to keep the partisan crowd escatic through a spot kick.

The referee awarded the penalty after Flames keeper Charles Swini had brought down Musona inside the penalty box following a set piece.

The visiting Flames still looked composed after conceding the goal and nearly levelled the scores in the 29th minute but there was no one to slot the ball home as it passed the goal mouth following a Josephy Kamwendo free kick.

But the Flames resistance never lasted long as Zimbabwe’s man of the moment who last Monday Swept three awards in the South African Premier League Khama Billiati produced a perfect finish after receiving a decent ball from Musole.

It was the second goal that disturbed the Flames almost in all departments with only Kamwendo, Stanly Sanudi on the right back and Rafiq Namwera on the centre who played his debut displaying some classic individual brilliance.

This forced Flames coach to make his first substitution bringing in Gabadinho Mhango for John Banda.

It was a surprising substitution though as everyone thought he would bring out stand in captain Chiukepo Msowoya who was completely out of the game.

Immediately after recess, Mtawali made a second substitution bringing in Jomo Cosmos midfielder Micium Mhone who was later substituted again (for Muhammad Sulumba) replacing Wonderful Jeremani.

But the substitution never yielded results as the Flames continued to struggle from the midfield going upfront while on the other hand, their defence marshalled by Black Leopards player Harry Nyirenda along side John Lanjesi, Francis Mlimbika and Sanudi continued to be pierced
by Billiati and Musona.

It was Zimbabwe’s substitute who hit the last nail on Flames coffin at the dot of 90 minutes.

Qualifying for the Nations Cup would be a consolation for Zimbabwe after they were thrown out of 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay a former coach.

The last time Malawi qualified for Afcon finals was in 2010 under Kinnah Phiri, now coaching Mbeya Utd in Tanzania.

In other Group L match, Swaziland have beaten Guinea 1-0 in Mbabane, that means Zimbabwe have qualified for 2017 Afcon finals.

Zimbabwe leads in Group L with 11 points followed by Swaziland who have eight points.

Guinea comes third with five points while Flames anchors the table with two points.

Flames will face Swaziland at home in September in the last game of the 2017 Afcon finals qualifying campaign.


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24 thoughts on “Heartbreak for Malawi again: Zimbabwe win 3-0”

  1. LOTTIE says:

    Easily said than done. NO INVESTMENT NO RESULTS PERIOD..

  2. ALFA LAZARO says:

    I am Zimbabwean i think guys the Flames played very well but lucky was not on their side.

  3. Aubrey says:

    We should commend the boys and the Coach for trying their best by not conceding more than 3 goals,at least 3 is okay considering kuti it was an away match ayesesa kwabasi am impressed kkkk

  4. victor says:

    I did not watch the game but but results tells everything.Flames is a disgrace it needs complete overhaul from the coaching panel and the entire team.Please hire a good expatriate coach to change flames and make it a winning team.Who was playing in Flames of 1978,1979,Malawians but the team was winning.During that time there were no proffessionals but the team was performing very well and you were encouraged to support.Who can support a losing team?Bring in a good mzungu who knows football otherwise forget shame

  5. WIN WON SOON says:

    As I always say this team is a shame and is just adding more misery to our lives as the economy of the country is. Its time for Mtawali and his coaching staff to bow out now. LOSERS LOSERS LOSERS ALWAYS

  6. WITHHELD says:

    Flames idzayambaso kuchita tikhadza sintha administration yilipoyi
    Kodi impeachment ya FAM President siyimatheka
    Tioneko zina
    We can not blame ma coach or ma players
    Tili ndi ma player abwino ku malawi kuno..koma tikusowekera administration yoti yingawatukule
    komaso yoti yinga tukule mpira ku malawi kuno

  7. effort shumba says:

    i think the flames played well,despite the loss and as a zimbabwean i say keep it up

    1. Afana says:

      My friend what is playing well when you cannot create any clear goal scoring chances. How many shots on goal did Malawi take? We were miserable and with a 3 goal margin, we cant cheat ourselves that we played better. Malawi needs overhaul starting from administrators, technical team and the players. People are singling out Kamwendo, but to me its a question of one eyed man amongst the blind. In real sense no any player was playing like a fighter with the purpose of winning.

  8. Malawi were the artists, playing some beautiful passes, but the Warriors were the artisans, who got the job done. (extract from Newsday) You simply lack fire power upfront, I can single out Kamwendo for an outstanding display even though your captain wasn’t far…anyway try again next time and to my team I say go Warriors go, go to Gabon and show them that times have changed, bhora raka tenderera….tinoda kutora mukombe basi basi

  9. nox says:

    its better to support karonga united than this worst team i hv never ever seen in ma life niggars

  10. Petre Mathanyula says:

    Flames players cried foul when someone cited a poem belittling their performance. I thought they would play well yesterday and win the game in order to have a last lough. Komadi Flames sizamva.

  11. Youna says:

    On the contrary its not only Flames that is miserably underperforming. All Government entities are doing the same. Its only that their activities are not watched live on TV. Look at the budget, health system, judicial system, education system, aphungu kugona in Parliament and the list is endless. Ine ndasiya kudzudzula Flames coz its performance is just a symptom of a big problem.

  12. Concerned Citizen says:

    We played well despite the lose…as a Malawian i feel this was the match to count on, we missed the opportunity in Blantyre to kill the match…this should be a lesson to flames to do good home work…all in all u did so well…Kamwendo kip it up…you controlled the match for flames…next time we need to consider the finishing…Flames forever!

  13. yebona says:

    Kuthandiza this team its a wasting of money bola kukapeleka ndalama ku Chipatala

  14. Mwinithako says:

    National team cannot be dominated by Tumbukaz only abale!!!Are other tribes not competent to play sound football???This tendency of hiring tumbukaz on what ever kuli kudyera is bad indeed!!

  15. Sasamba says:

    Fire Mtawali bring back Kinnah Phiri keep Rammadan as deputy

  16. Bonafide says:

    Flames siizamva, ingopangabe zomwezija za u flames

  17. chimungulire says:

    Minyama yanmtundu wanji , tinalakwanji kodi abale nkhani yampirayi ?

  18. EddieK says:

    Same old story. Back to the drawing boord with a game in hand. Maflames amapatsa BP

  19. Petre Mathanyula says:

    Hopeless leadership, hopeless nation. Koma kuba ndalama za boma. Osafuna kutukula dziko. MK577bn mthumba mwa munthu mmodzi.Tikukuonanaitu.

    1. Honeycomb Chidyaudzu says:

      Nothing good can come out of Malawi with this cursed leadership. When God is not in control of one’s destiny everything else is a failure.

      1. yazula says:

        Flames! why always flames? eeeeesh very bad but the route course of all these failures is poor leadership in our football admistration.Flames sidzaaaaaaamva!

        1. victor says:

          olo kutabwera mzungu palibe chomwe chingachitike poyamba mpira umafuna kukonzekera
          osati zomwe mukunena zo. kale ma flames anawatumiza ku uk ndipo pobwera kumeneko anadzatnga chikho cha east and central Africa. ndiye lero team mukuipatsa moyale barracks.
          mukuganiza kuti olo mzunguyo athandiza chiyani

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