End of the road. Uganda, the Cranes scored twice in each half to oust Malawi, the Flames in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarter final on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Cranes scored their first goal five minutes into the game through Farouk Miya’s header before another goal in the second half.
The final scoreline was a true reflection of the game, as the Flames looked dis-jointed and lacked pace in the entire 90 minutes.
The Flames also misplaced too many passes, especially on the midfield where the Cranes enjoyed ball possession. Uganda also, attacked with pace and looked threatening early on.
Uganda was also being afforded a lot of space on the midfield, while the Flames final ball was all too often wasteful, with Chiukepo Msowoya’s miss in the second half after a hard and low cross from John Banda being the only other notable attempt in a half that promised more than it delivered.
The Flames were forced into a change after the break when coach Ernest Mtawali brought in Chawanangwa Kaonga for Miracel Gabeya with an aim of adding fire power upfront.
He also introduced Isaac Kaliati and Nelson Kangunje but nothing changed, as the body language from the players looked to have given up hope of securing an equalizer.
Against the run of play the Cranes almost increased the lead in the 80th minute, when one of their midfielders played a neat one-two with Miya before seeing his shot partially blocked by Simplex Nthara .
After the match, the Flames coach Ernest Mtawali attributed their loss to a quick goals scored by Uganda which disturbed their game plan.
He however, was quick to salute his troops and said they have learnt a lot during the tournament.
Simplex Nthala; Yamikani Fodya, Stanley Sanudi, Miracle Gabeya,John Lanjesi; Gerald Phiri Jnr, Chimango Kayira, Daliso Sailesi, John Banda; Chiukepo Msowoya, Schumacher KuwaliFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :