After getting humiliated and trampled by teams that are way down on the Fifa rankings in Cosafa region, losing quarterfinalists Malawi and deposed champions Zambia have settled for crumbs worth R75,000 (about K3 million).
With the 2015 Cosafa Cup champion pocketing a cool R500,000 (about K20 million), the two sides clash this afternoon in the not palatable plate final, without much pride having failed to live up to expectation.
No wonder Flames assistant coach Jack Chamangwana says they are still under pressure despite beating highly ranked South Africa in the plate semi-final on Wednesday.
His boss, Young Chimodzi, did not even turn up for the plate semi-final.
He stayed in bed after his blood pressure rose when Malawi gave up a 2-1 lead and lost to Mozambique in the quarterfinal.
“The head coach is not feeling okay. He didn’t even watch the remaining penalties when Tizgobere Kumwenda and Muhammad Sulumba missed,” Chamangwana said.
“But he was with us during training as we were preparing for the plate semi-final against South Africa.”
Chamangwana said the team was now looking forward to grabbing the plate final when they face Chipolopolo.
Zambia humiliated Ghana 3-0 in the other plate semi-final.
Man-of-the match in the plate semi-final, Micium Mhone, said the players were targeting a win in the plate final as a consolation to the Flames fans.
“We want to win the plate section and with the fighting spirit in camp, I am sure we will win,” he said.
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