Flames defender Limbikani Mzava has apologized to the Malawi nation following Flames 5-4 loss to Mozambique in the quarterfinal of the 2015 Cosafa cup match against the Mamba’s of Mozambique on Monday evening.
Mzava said he is traumatized with the loss and that “remains a nightmare”.
Mzava converted from the spot in the 89th minute a goal which looked to be a winner for Malawi with scores at 2-1.
A minute later, his excellent performance was overshadowed after he deflected a harmless cross into his own net making it 2-2 and taking the match into penalties.
Though he scored a beauty in the shootout, it was end of the road for the team losing 5-4.
“I can’t believe it. It still looks like a dream to me. I wanted to skip the ball but it hit me. We have let the nation down and I apologies” Mzava said.
He further admitted that the team particularly defenders lost concentration towards the end of the game.
“As defenders we lost concentration when it mattered most. It’s a nightmare and am short of words to explain the scene”.
“We have let down the coaches and we are sorry,” he said.
Flames gave the Mamba’s a lead in the opening minutes of the game through a defensive blunder from captain Lucky Malata.
However, Muhammad Sulumba leveled the scores in the second half before Mzava netted the second for Flames.
Meanwhile, Mzava who has spent three years at Bloemfontein Celtic has confirmed that next season he will be joining Mpumalanga Black Aces after he was given a tempting offer including that of sending him to Europe for trials.
“Aces gave me a good offer and are flexible at sending me to Europe for trials every year so I am happy,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :