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Flames return home in groups

DOWN AND OUT—Flames against Namibia

Alfred Gunda

The first group of Malawi National Football Team players returned home Thursday afternoon after a disappointing Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The other group comprising Flames coach Meck Mwase and his assistant Lovemore Fazili is expected to arrive in the country Friday.

Upon arrival at Chileka International Airport Thursday, the team was welcomed by Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Development Officer Benjamin Nyirenda.

“The other group has remained in Johannesburg and they will connect to Malawi on Friday (today),” said the source.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda was not readily available for his comment Thursday.

During the tournament, the Flames failed to register a victory in four matches, having lost twice and drawn twice.

The Flames drew 2-2 against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the Cosafa Cup before suffering a 2-0 loss to Mozambique in the second match.

They drew one-all against Namibia in the third game but finished with a 2-1 loss to Senegal.

Flames striker Khuda Muyaba, who finished as the team’s top goal-scorer with two goals, promised to do better next year.

“Participating in this tournament was a motivation and, when we return, we are going to do better,” he told Super Sport after winning the man-of-the-match accolade.

Micium Mhone also won the award in a 1-1 draw against Namibia after he also scored. Fellow attacker Schumacher Kuwali also scored in a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe alongside Muyaba.

Malawi finished fourth in Group B, which had five teams, with two points at par with bottom placed Zimbabwe.

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