As we’re! Malawi booted out of Cosafa Castle Cup by Lesotho

Malawi national football team, the Flames, proved too strong for Lesotho  but a 83 minutes goal from Jane Thaba Ntso  was enough  to send the Flames packing  in the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup  match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday evening.

Flames promising sgtar Isaac Kaliati with the ball
Flames promising sgtar Isaac Kaliati with the ball
Out of form Chiukepo was substituted
Out of form Chiukepo was substituted

Lesotho  have now  set up a quarterfinal meeting with South Africa.

Needing to win by any goal margin, the Flames had the perfect start to the match,  when three minutes into the kick-off, Gerald  Phiri’s free-kick was  spilled out for a corner by Daniel Jousse.

The Flames continued to create chances, with strike partners Chiukepo Msowoya  and Gabadihno Mhango  failing to connect home with headed efforts.

Msowoya, who was substituted for Muhammad Sulumba continued to miss clear chances that were falling his way, misfiring on a low cross from Isaac Kaliati.

In the 17th minute, Lesotho’s striker Thaba-Ntso’s blistering shot from the edge of the box was  palmed away by Charles  Swini to the relief of coach Ernest Mtawali, who watched the match standing on the touchline.

On the other end, Flames defender Harry Nyirenda launches an  attack  in the 27th minute  but Lesotho through Basia  Makepe cleared it in the danger zone.

The tempo of the game changed in the 35th minute when  flow of the traffic was  largely been going Malawi’s way with Lesotho relying on counter raids.

The Flames substituted Msowoya for Muhammad Sulumba but there was no much change from the Nyasa Big Bullets forward man.

The two teams were  deadlocked at 0-0 on recess time.

In this half, the Flames were first to launch an attack through Mhango, whose  attempt  volley on the turn went wide.

In the 58 minutes, Kamwendo sent  a looping cross which ended up in the legs of  Tseka for Lesotho  before Ernest Mtawali made another change bringing in John Banda for Isaac Kaliati.

Be Forward Wanderers vastly experienced striker Peter Wadabwa was also brought in for Gerald Phiri jnr but Lesotho frustrated the Flames as they parked the bus knowing a draw was enough to sail them through into the quarter finals.

After sitting back for much of the game, Lesotho had the killer-blow  for Malawi in the 84th minute  .

A perfect cross from second-half substitute Thabo Seakhoa was headed in at the back post by Thaba-Ntso to break Malawi hearts.

Desperate  Flames tried to  venture forward to try and set up an  attack  but the damage was already done and the game ended 1-0 in favour of Lesotho sending the Flames back to Lilongwe.

Malawi: Swini; Sanudi, Gabeya, Nyirenda, Mlimbika – Gerald Phiri (Wadabwa 76′) Jnr, Kaliati (Banda 61′), Namwera, Kamwendo – Mhango, Msowoya (Sulumba 41′)

Lesotho: Jousse; Moremoholo,Makepe,Tseka,Kamela – Khutlang (Seakhoa 57′), Kalake, Mahula, Thaba-Ntso – Seturumane (Motebang 54′), Potloane (Mkhwanazi 77′)

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6 years ago

Bad luck Flames try next time but need to prepare and work hard. AS it is need to look for new ways of playing to cope up with other countries. Those days(70s,80s countries like Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana were nothing to Flames and we could beat them very easily but now the Flames of today is failing to beat these teams, what is wrong with our football. You can see clearly that Malawian football has collapsed, something serious need to be done to change this scenario. Is it the players or the coach, who is to blame????

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