Flames’ finishing can improve— James Sangala


Malawi’s Flames Team Manager, James Sangala, has said the team can do better on finishing.

Sangala said this yesterday when asked about Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars, in a friendly match played at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“We played well in the first-half, enjoying a lot of possession. We have the organisation, we could pass the ball and defend in the manner which the coach [Ronny van Geneugden] expected,” Sangala said.


“But, in the second-half, we got carried away and reduced the tempo of the game. We were getting into the D-zone but our creation of scoring chances was not good enough. I think we got carried away with our first-half performance. This is an area we can improve on.”

South Africa-based midfielder Robert Ng’ambi scored with a stunning dipping header after connecting Richard Mbulu’s cross from the right-wing, only for complacency to creep into the Flames’ play who allowed the hosts to equalise through Simon Msuva in the second-half.

Ng’ambi missed some decent headers in the game which saw tempers flare after Tanzania’s equalising goal.


The Flames’ coaching panel thought the ball did not cross the line but the referee awarded it. Tanzania Football Federation has since apologised for the general poor officiation.

Van Geneugden was sent off after heated exchanges with the officiating personnel which had cautioned him for stepping on the pitch during the match.

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