Malawi Under-20 national football team failed to live up to the expectation of the soccer fraternity after succumbing to a one-all draw by visiting Botswana in the Caf Youth Championship at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
The Junior Flames started by giving false hopes with an early goal scored by promising star Khumbo Ng’ambi in the 4th minute.
Mighty Wanderers player Abraham Kamwendo, brother to Flames captain Joseph, weighed in a good pass to Ng’ambi who did the rest to perfection to give Malawi the much needed goal.
But the ghosts came back to haunt the Junior Flames with Karabo Phiri equalising on the 21st minute to give the hosts another task of searching for a goal which never came.
The Young Zebras nearly broke the hearts of the home fans in the 32nd minute when Kabelano Mooketsane’s efforts hit the post.
Malawi approached the second half with vigour and determination to get goals but the players failed to do when it mattered most.
The Under-20 coach former Flames legend Ernest Mtawali said the one-all draw was disappointing.
He also said his charges did not play according to the game plan but was quick to hint that they were not down and out of the race.
“I am disappointed that we conceded a goal at home,” Mtawali.
“This is not what I expected the player did not play according to the game plan.”
The former midfield maestro said he would prepare thoroughly for the return leg scheduled for April 25 in Gaborone to overcome the Young Zebras and advance in the competition.
“We would prepare hard for the return leg and arrange friendly games with at least Super League teams to give confidence to the players,” he said.
His counterpart Innocent Morapedi said the battle was still on despite getting the vital away goal.
“We are happy to score an away goal but you never know what is going to happen,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :