Hopeless Malawi booted out of Chan by Madagascar

Malawi national football team’s hopes of progressing to the next round of the 2018 Championship of African Nations vanished into thin air this afternoon, when the Flames fell 1-0 against lowly rated Madagascar in a second leg tie played at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Ref flashes yellow card

RVG complains to the fourth official after the match, pix Alex Mwazalumo

RVG- We missed a lot of chances


Carrying a 1-0 deficit from the first leg played in Madagascar, the Flames started with a three-man attacking formation comprising Ishmael Thindwa, Binwell Katinji and Manase Chiesa but still failed to get even an offside goal in front of a partisan home crowd.

The Flames suffered a setback as early as 17 minutes when the towering Thindwa limped off the field of play after getting a knock as he tried to connect the ball towards the opponents’ goal.

He was replaced by Muhamad Sulumba, who had a number of scoring opportunities but failed to convert them.

Having failed to punish the visitors in the first half, the Flames were to pay dearly just a minute and some seconds after resumption when striker Rokotoarimaldla Tsilavina scored the lone goal after some poor defending by the Flames

The goal completely destabilized the Flames, who then needed three second half goals to cancel out the 2-0 deficit and proceed to the next round.

With desperation taking its toll, Flames coach Ronny van (RVG) Geneugden pulled out Davie Banda for Chimango Kaira before replacing Joseph Kamwendo with Dalitso Sailesi.

The move never paid any dividend as the visitors cling to their lead.

RVG conceded defeat after the whistle but blamed the Zambian match officials for being lenient with Madagascar players notably goalkeeper Rondrianasolo Donne, who kept feigning injuries to run down the clock.

“The Madagascar goalkeeper was on the ground for more than ten minutes but the referee added only three minutes.

On our part, we had chances to score a number of goals but we messed up all our chances,” he said.

The Flames Belgian mentor described Madagascar’s early second half goal as the serious blow for the Flames.

Madagascar coach Auguste Raux described the game as good, saying the Flames used all their tactics to win the game but his boys stayed focus.

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18 thoughts on “Hopeless Malawi booted out of Chan by Madagascar”

  1. kamlepo muthalika says:

    Koma mpaka madagascar kkkkkkkkk apa nde bola ikanasewera mbayani social coz frames imaoneka yotopatopa ngat yachezera kukakha ndege and imaonekanso yamanyaz ngat sipakwawo

  2. J C says:

    Malawi Siidzamva

  3. Peter says:

    Chotsani Nyamilandu

  4. CZ 1983 says:

    Where did the interview of this coach took place? Furthermore you are giving him players instead of him to chose his best team nonsense and we should be together like this for three years mmmmm my shame ton those who recommended this

  5. chikoti says:

    bibo well said..let Malawi start afresh with the under 17, players should be scouted from all parts of the country..use probably FMB under 20 league in the the districts ..just look at the Madagascar young team..marvelous and talented young boys…our friends are investing in young talent..next time Madagascar will whip us with many goals….INVEST INVEST INVEST IN YOUNG TALENT..and our super league eeeish mbola..just look at what happens when teams are buying players,,zosalongosoka..teams buy players for wrong reasons or wrong players altogether..atleast silver has good strategy,they buy and train young boys…tatopa nkulankhula zimenezo abale FAM FAM FAM.sizamvaaaaaa…

  6. angon says:

    Water Nyamilandu Must go. He has offered nothing to Malawi Football. I dont think he can highlight any achievement during his tenure. He imposes recycled players to the coach to be featured in the game. He should just apply for a Job at Befoward Wanderers coz he belongs there.

  7. WPM says:

    The coach need to remove all recycled players from the national team. The likes of JK, Blackberry, Davie Banda and others they have nothing to offer to our team. There time ended along time ago but i wonder why they still clinging to these guys. This is the time for the talented and youthful players like Yamikani Chester, Ernest Kakhobwe to show us what they have and what they can offer to the nation side. The coach must be left alone to scout players that can player for our team. No interference from FAM coz FAM has its own players – the recycled ones, players that made names a decade ago, the players that are worn out.

  8. Mwiko says:

    Why spend money on the coach instead of players. We need to invest in selecting physically fit players and building their stamina and skills using well paid local coaches.

    Please fire both, this thing called RVG and the person that hired him before they deplete the little money available for football in Malawi.

  9. Alick Ndala says:

    Time has not gone. Lets build up our team with the new Coach

  10. Dum Magulajena. says:

    Why are talking much on Malawi’s national team so called Flames while Walter Nyamilandu Manda is still on the presidency runk? Suck out this guy first and his follower and then see what can happen next.

  11. Zambians says:

    Malawi has indeed been defeated as they missed golden chances and played very childish on their own ground. However the referee from Zambia was biased by deliberately ignored penalty kick by Malawi. NSANJE ANTHU AKU ZAMBIA SIDZATHA

  12. maseta says:

    We want Kihna ,uyu mungelezi uyu, wakakochenge Walter nyamilandu becoz, nisibweni wakhe.Asi soni zamukola nyamilandu hoyeeeei.

  13. stanley says:

    Malawi will never win unless nyamilandu is s fam President. The guy do not have s clear strategy to develop football in Malawi. This is a golden opportunity for us to embark on a strong overhaul of the national team and build a young flames taking advantage that we have s new coach. I suggest we remove all the players and start building a new flames taking into account that Malawi is s young population .let’s do what south Africa and Cameroon did.

  14. masauko says:

    yeah that’s the flames I know maybe next time

  15. Stephano Joseph says:

    This is the Malawi we know sometimes it pains! What is wrong with us Malawians that we keep loosing to small teams such as this in our own backyard. The problems of football in Malawi are beyond the coach and players. They are structural. We need to change the entire FAM and have new people that are passionate about football not to enrich their pockets.

  16. zako izo says:

    palibe chodabwitsa apa kusachita bwino kwa mukuti “flames” kunamanga nthenje mitu mwathu

  17. Bibo says:

    Remedy 1: Get rid of all weak players and scout for physically advantaged players across the country.

    Remedy 2:Disband the team and let the coach concentrate on building the team from under 17 players.

    Remedy 3: Punish these weak players with an intensive long-term strenuous workout until they gain body mass with required athleticism. Also, strikers need a special training to learn targeting skills, composure, speed, and consistency.

    The super League is a reservoir for weak and unrefined players such that it is very hard and challenging for any national coach to succeed. In fact, it is more of a social league than a competitive Super League. One wonders where Malawi will be in ten years time with such calibre of players- Malawi has a long way to go in football, mediocrity will continue. I started expressing doubt about the team after watching the Kenya friendly. The players were not in the game, looked weak, lacked ball possession, and the employed system had no purpose.

    This current generation of players is a total disappointment. It lacks skill, physique, and fighting spirit. I think all this stems from wholesome lack of proper nutrition for the whole country, the aftermath of a country reeling in poverty which has been complicated by corrupt and bad leaders.

    RVG needs more time with an emphasis on developing and exposing the youth. He will waste time with these super league failures, they are unteachable. Watching these players can make someone vomit.

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