Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali rued a missed opportunity to win the Cosafa Castle Cup after his side lost 0-1 to Lesotho in their Group B tie at the on Thursday in Windhoek.
Mtawali accepted his team did not deserve to beat Lesotho.
“We did not play with aggression,” said the coach.
Malawi did most of the chasing in the game as you would expect from a side needing a win, but wasted numerous opportunities as Lesotho looked to hit them on the break.
Jane Thaba-Ntso headed the winner with seven minutes remaining, though Lesotho only needed a draw for top spot in the pool.
“We did not deserve to win the game,” Mtawali conceded.
Mtawali said the Flames are “ bitterly disappointed” to return home empty-handed.
Lesotho take on South Africa on Saturday at 15h00, before later in the day holders and hosts Namibia make their entrance in to the competition with a tough clash against Botswana (kick-off 17h30).
Both those matches will be at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, as will Sunday’s ties after they were moved from the Independence Stadium.
Zambia host Swaziland in the first game at 15h00, while DR Congo tackle Mozambique at 17h30.