Malawi loss to Mozambique in Cosafa irk fans

Malawi’s Flames face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana this Wednesday   in plate section of the Cosafa Cup in South Africa but back home questions are being asked on why the Flames senior players shunned penalty shootout in the quarterfinal loss to Mozambique  at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Monday night..

Chimodzi in pep-talk

Chimodzi in pep-talk

The Flames bowed out of the Cosafa Cup championship race after losing 5-4 in post match penalties after two-all draw in normal play.

The clash between Mozambique and Malawi had everything, including two own goals scored by the Flames!

Captain Lucky Malata put through his own net on 10 minutes to give Mozambique the lead, but Malawi had seemingly turned the game on its head when Muhammad Sulumba equalised with a superb header from a corner, and then Limbikani Mzava lashed home a penalty after a foul on John Banda.

That was in the final minute of the game, but there was still more drama when Mzava put the ball into his own net in injury-time and Mozambique forced the game to penalties.

The penalty shootout went to sudden death, where Sulumba missed the decisive kick to see Mozambique through to the last four, where they join Namibia, Botswana and Madagascar.

However, to the disappointed of thousands of Malawians, who watched the match on television came in the injury time when Mzava scored in his own net.

But the manner in which the team lost has raised eyebrows after the Flames converted four penalty and missed the other three. More questions are now being asked why the technical panel led by Young Chimodzi picked in experienced players to take the spot kicks on the expense of vastly experienced players.

For instance, three players, who were making their debut for the Flames Yamikani Fodya, Muhammad Sulumba and Tizgowere Kumwenda missed their penalties.

Vastly experienced players like Fischer Kondowe, Limbikani Mzava, Lucky Malata and Frank Banda converted their penalties.

Back to the field of play, many people questioned substitutions made by Chimodzi. For instance, he substituted two players Gerald Phiri and Robin Ngalande who were causing havoc to the Mozambican.

Chimodzi also left Sulumba for the entire 90 minutes when he looked tired leaving Mozambican based Zicco Mkanda to warmed the bench.

Big Bullets left back Yamikani Fodya, who had a grant game in the first 45 minutes also run out of energy in the second half and instead of introducing the fresh legs of Francis Mlimbika, Chimodzi remained cool and calm.

 

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HERBERT
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25 May 2015 is a day i wil never forget in Malawi’s History.Generally, Malawi Played Well But Why Timangodzichinya Tokha? And Why Tinalola Mozambique Kutichinya Time Itatha Jale? Nthawi Yowonjedzera Ngat Iyi Flames Inayenera Kupanga Defence Yamphamvu Ngat Mmeme Amapangra Ma Team Ena And Time Imeneyi Tinali Tikuwina’ Anyway, It Happens.

angoni
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Malawi inawina liti?

TAMBALA
Guest

Amalawi koma mowa dzenje ndiye kulimbikira ngati kutuluka ndalama

Chimangenimapiko
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Lets be rational in our analysis of the flame’s performance. To begin with, Young is a successful player as well as coach. Why have I said this? Find out from the super league teams he has coached you will discover that he is a well respected coach. If you talk of the best two defenders Malawi has ever had, then Jack and young surpass all. Back to Malawian Super league. Richard Chipuwa is not even first choice goalkeeper for Wanderers. Actually he is third now. Talking about Charles Swini as being the current best golie but the setback is that… Read more »
quincy majawa
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Malawi ndi timu yoti kulimbikira kusapota ufa ndi ntima zoona mu 3minuts yowonjezera kukachinyisa?samaona azinzao nthawi ngati imeneyi amapanga chilichose kuti nthawi ithe e.g coach kutulusa ndikulowesa maplayer,koma iwo ndipamene akukhala panSi nkumaonerera zoona

PATRICK CHIBADE
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SHAME

mmmMm
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Coach wa Flames ndi manyi okhaokha, chomwe anamulowesera. Tizgowere sichikuziwika the whole 45minutes 3touches mmmmmm goalkeeper akuchinyisa zigoli game by game ku moyale how come to be first choice. Basi azingosewera chikulunga not wopopa

Laurent Nkhalamba
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The players jst play to fulfil the fixture.They play coz they r eleven and their nation has recognised them.They don’t show the passion and willimgness to win.Stl more,thesè players have low thinking capacity when they r in the field of play.This Chimodzi used to play well for Malawi,yes but that does not constitute that any best ancient player cän make a good coach.Think of we the tax payers is this what u can call an intertaining reward for we poor malawians?This is monthend already and u need to pay him 1.7 MILLION while the majority of the citizen is anguishing… Read more »
nyayo
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My poor coach! Slow decision making, wrong substitution & lack of tactics are the characters of our coaches. Kapumeni, we can’t wait seeing you out.

ezekiwe utwag
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Moyale Barracks football team are ranked at the bottom of super league. The so called Harawa is contributor to the poor performance of the team. Why not picking Beforward or BB goal keeper? Use brain when selecting players.

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