Malawi national team on Sunday defeated Tanzania 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium the second-leg of the 2018 Fifa World Cup preliminary qualifier but were eliminated in the World Cup following their 0-2 defeat in a midweek first-leg fixture in Dar es Salaam.
Malawi needed to win by a three-goal margin to sail through, or at least, 2-0 to force the game into penalties.
After John Banda scored in the first half, it have hopes to Malawi fans that they game could go in the home side way.
Come second half, the Flames made several changes introducing Isaac Kaliat, Gabadihno Mhango, Robin Ngalande for Gerald Phiri, Micium Mhone and Miracle Gabeya.
Only the presence of Kaliati and Ngalande changed the tempo of the game us Mhango looked not fully fit.
Mzava and Msowoya nearly secured an equalizer but alas Ally Mustafa denied them scoring opportunities.
The visitors resorted into delaying tactics as they faked injuries and after putting up a grand performance the Flames could not force a draw.
There was total silence inside the stadium, as only a section of travelling Taifa Stars fans were chanting in praising their players.
“It’s pitty we did not qualify,” said Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali immediately after the game.
On the way forward, Mtawali said he is going to build on the team he has assembled, saying there is a lot of talent that need to gel together.
“We need to get more friendly games ,” he said.
Taifa Stars coach Charles Mkwasa he was pleased to qualify but gave credit to Malawi for “wonderful performance.”
He said: “I should congratulate Malawi for putting up a good fight.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :