Malawi striker Robin Ngalande proved critics wrong when he put up a stunning performance against Zimbabwe in a friendly match on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The South African based forward, who was called into camp at the eleventh hour after being sidelined, notched the Flames goal in the 29th minute to the satisfaction of the spectators, who thronged Kamuzu Stadium in their large numbers.
Ngalande was a marvel to watch with his skills that a Zimbabwean photojournalist could not believe that Ngalande plies his trade in South Africa.
The combination of Ngalande, Chimango Kayira and Gastin Simukonda was super but the Flames were losing too many balls.
From the word go, the Brave Warriors were a threat as they pinned the Flames defence but lack of composure was the only set back on their side.
Flames led 1-0 at interval.
Come second half, the tempo of the game completely changed as the Warriors were coming wave after wave no wonder in the 28th minute of the second half, Owen Chaima misjudged Kudakwashe Musharu’s shot which led to an equalizer.
Flames technical panel made several changes by bringing in the likes of Gabadihno Mhango, Bongani Kaipa and Charles Swini, who came in for injured Chaima but nothing changed.
Head coach for Flames, Edington Ng’onamo was pleased with the performance of his troops but was quick to point it out that his midfield failed to tick especially in the second half.
Ng’onamo also praised Ngalande for his “great performance “and emphasized that he was impressed with his fitness.
Zimbambwe official Peter Ndolvu said they were satisfied with the outcome of the game since the team only trained for a single day.