Wasteful Malawi national football team started the Cosafa Castle Cup campaign on unwelcome note after succumbing to two first half goals to lose to guests Tanzania on Sunday.
Malawi playing with a 3-5-3 formation started by giving soccer fans false in the opening five minutes.
But their wastefulness came back to haunt them as Tanzania seized the opportunity to hit where it pains most with man of the match Yahaya Ramadhan scoring within a space of five minutes after scoring his first goal in the 13 minutes.
A defensive mix up opened up the chance for Tanzania to score the goal giving goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe no chance.
Another blunder five minute later saw Ramadhan scoring in similar fashion when he forced the Nyasa Big Bullets goalkeeper stretch full length but he failed to stop him completing his brace.
Malawi created some goal scoring chances through Dalitso Sailesi, Yamikani Chester but probably the best of them was wasted by defender Lucky Malata with four minutes before first half recess.
In the second half Malawi were a changed size who played with confidence and purpose.
However they also failed to make the best of the chances as Tanzania held on to win 2-0 condemning the Flames to a bad start in group A.
Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden talking to Supersport in a post match interview did not hide his frustration.
“We gave them too much respect and we lacked confidence. They surprised me with the style of football they displayed,” RVG said.
“At half time I talked to them to have confidence and they showed it in the second half in which they played our style of football.”
Malawi are in group A alongside Angola and Mauritius.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :