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Fam blasts officiation

Mack Mwase picks positives, analysts point out flaws

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Walter Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has said they will lodge a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (Caf) following Malawi National Football Team’s defeat to Ivory Coast.

The Flames’ chances of qualifying for next year’s Qatar World Cup ended on Monday when the senior side lost 2-1 to Ivory Coast at Mathieu Kerekou Stadium in Benin.

Malawi had lost 3-0 to the Elephants in the first leg on Friday at Orlando Stadium in South Africa before suffering a 2-1 defeat on Monday.

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Nyamilandu said they want Caf to penalise the referees.

“We will lodge a complaint with Caf to set the record straight so that the match officials should be punished. We should not condone poor officiation,” he said.

Earlier, the former Flames and Mighty Wanderers defender complained of poor officiation in his tweet.

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“Biased officiation. Day light robbery. The Flames were denied a clear penalty and Ivory Coast was awarded a dubious penalty. Gervinho should have been booked for simulation. What a shame,” Nyamilandu tweeted.

Mwase, speaking soon after the match, also complained of poor officiation, saying it cost the Flames the match.

Meanwhile, Mwase has said he has picked some positives from back-to-back defeats at the hands of Ivory Coast but also blamed the dismal showing to poor preparations.

“First, we need to develop a fighting spirit and also build confidence among the players. We created more chances in the first match than them; so, we need to utilise our chances,” Mwase said.

“It was a totally different performance from the team in the two matches. If we had more time together, we would have got a good result against Ivory Coast.”

Mwase said the remaining two matches against Cameroon and Mozambique would also give him a chance to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals slated for January in Cameroon.

Following the two losses, the Flames were eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers, rendering the two remaining matches against Mozambique and Cameroon as ceremonial.

The Flames have been drawn in Group B alongside Senegal, Guinea and Zimbabwe.

Former Flames striker Jimmy Zakazaka said some of the players lack confidence especially when playing against top teams.

“We give too much respect to opponents. I saw great improvement in the second leg, which means it takes time for the players to gain confidence. We should use such matches to prepare for Afcon finals because we will face similar teams,” Zakazaka said.

Another former Flames player Elvis Kafoteka shared the sentiments.

The Flames are third in Group D with three points, seven points behind leaders Ivory Coast. Cameroon are second with nine points whereas Mozambique anchor the group with just one point.

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