Malawi captain ‘sorry’ over Guinea home loss: It’s annoying as fans sing ‘we need miracle goals’

The Flames: Is it too late to say sorry?

The Flames: Is it too late to say sorry?

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.

Chiukepo Msowoya trying to win the ball...Photo By Jeromy Kadewere.

Chiukepo Msowoya trying to win the ball…Photo By Jeromy Kadewere.

Schumaker chasing for the ball...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Schumaker chasing for the ball…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Malawians were very patriotric to support the Flames but left home dissapointed -..Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Malawians were very patriotric to support the Flames but left home dissapointed -..Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

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.

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Nigeria, South africa have also failed, it was not our day let us be focused to the other games, my advise to Mtawali is to balance the team with new and old players, the goal keeper should concentrate on under 23 then he will graduate when matures and join the main team, call Chipuwa, Nthala to man the goal


Anyamatawa bibida basi.

Nothin new, same old story. Get rid of Nyamilandu, his tenure has been a classic flop. There is nothing different that he can offer. The national team needs an overall and that should start with kicking out clueless Nyamilandu followed by the officials and the players. For 15 years now the team hasnt shown any signs of life. If anything It’s gone worse. Football may at times be unpredictable right but one certain predictable element is the Flames, completely rubbish, hopeless heartbreakers. It would be interesting to see how our netball team would improve if it had access to even… Read more »

angry mood activated


Do we have a competent team doctor for phycological therapy for players. It seems like Flames team is insane, all need to be hospitalised

paul batala



imeneyo ndiye Malawi imali samasapota osamayiwala ????????

Flames ilindi problem
Flames ilindi problem

axe limbikani usatikumbuse wamva!! mxii mumavuta kufuna ndalama kuti mupange za manyi ngati zimenezi? mxii ntchito mowa, ma hule, ndi chamba..

Lovemaniac 91

So-called Flames proffessionals are playing in small teams in Mozambique and South Africa. They are just pure cows, how can you being grazed at your own yard? Hahahaha shame on flames. Luckly I dont support these cows! Right now i favour Zimbabwe coz is where my girlfriend lives.

Mzava shouldn’t be sorry, in fact the team is already forgiven. What it is is that Malawi’s loss is a typical example of big disparities between playing overseas and in Africa. The loss demonstrated lack of focus, concentration, endurance, determination, tactical discipline, and fighting spirit that most African based players are prone to. Guinean players showed the instinct to kill the game backed by the confidence acquired at club level in Europe. Even the Guinean coach attested to that. He had his opinion that Malawian players respected or were demoralized by his players’ physical stature- an inferiority complex many African… Read more »

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