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Malawi national football team players refused to entertain fans’ calls to celebrate with them John Banda’s 43rd minute goal at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.

The Flames shunned the supporters in reaction to the abuse the players endured in the build-up to Sunday’s World Cup qualifier they won 1-0 against Tanzania.

Malawi vice-captain, Chiukepo Msowoya, said the players wanted to prove the supporters wrong on Sunday.

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“It was really a bad experienced especially whenever we were going to the training ground. We faced a lot of abuse when we were passing through Limbe.

We wanted to impress the fans on Sunday, but unfortunately we could not overturn the deficit,” he said.

Several Flames players said they were gutted by the insults.

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“There was an agreement that we should not react in any way to the fans. Everybody was not happy with the treatment the fans gave us. It distracted us a lot during the preparations. They were supposed to support us,” said one of the players.

However, Flames team manager, Clement Kafwafwa, downplayed the incident.

“It was not really a plot against the fans. Everybody was looking for a positive result, therefore, they were disappointed after failing to go through,” he said.

Abusive slurs rained on the players at every public appearance even at the training ground.

Mtawali was also at the end of the bitter criticism.

The Taifa Stars progressed to the next round on goal aggregate.

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