Malawi national football team captain Limbikani Mzava has apologized to the soccer fraternity for being let down with a 2-1 loss to Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday.
Mzava described the loss as” annoying” and “painful” having held the West African seasoned campaigners to a goalless draw in Conakry four days.
“I would like to say sorry to our fans for disappointing you at home. We did not expect this but sometimes that’s what life is all about,” Mzava said.
“We didn’t play the way we did in Guinea as we played as if we were at home.”
The South Africa based professional plying his trade at the country’s second tier league outfit Black Aces appealed to the fans not to get disappointed with the loss after throwing away the lead.
“We know we have disappointed your but keep on offering your support because football is unpredictable game.”
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali also took a swipe at his charges for a dreary performance after raising false hopes with a draw away.
“I am very disappointed because there are times that you lose a game after putting up a spirited performance. But it was not the case today,” he said.
“We did not tick but we managed to score a brilliant goal only to concede two soft goals.”
Mtawali admitted he was annoyed to see the Flames squander a lead in their defeat at home.
But the Flames legend did not rule out the possibility of springing a surprise in the two remaining games against Zimbabwe away and Swaziland at home.
Meanwhile , in the stands at Kamuzu Stadium, the helpless victory-starved fans were left heartbroken after Guinea equalised on the dot of first half recess to cancel a Chiukepo Msowoya goal and when Malawi gifted the visitors with nothing short of a generosity as the defence and youthful and inexperienced teenage goalkeeper Brighton Munthali failed to deal with a set piece from a corner kick.
Trailing 2-1 the heartbroken fans who occupied the open stands from Eastern Stands started chanting South Africa based gospel musician Onesmus’ popular song dedicated to his compatriot Prophet Bushiri: ‘ Major do it we need miracle goals’
Ironically Bushiri bailed the Flames when he donated K44 million to the Football Association of Malawi to enable the team meet a budget of K130 million for the two games against Guinea on March 25 and March 29.
Malawi’s second 2-1 loss after falling to Group L leaders Zimbabwe has pushed them to bottom of the table with two points while Swaziland are third with Guinea on second at five points separated by goal difference.
Zimbabwe who were held to a one-all draw by Swaziland rose top position after a thumping win in reverse fixture in Harare.
Malawi anchoring Group L with two points from four games date Zimbabwe away in June and wrap up the campaign with Swaziland at home.
Swaziland are third with give points just as Guinea but the West Africa nation have a better goal difference while Zimbabwe are topping the group with eight points.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :