The Malawi National Football squad, the Flames, made life difficult for themselves Sunday as they kicked off the Cosafa Cup with a 2-0 loss to Tanzania in South Africa.
The loss means that the Malawians must win their remaining two games against Mauritius Tuesday and Angola on Thursday to stand any chance of winning the group and dating South Africa in the quarterfinals on July 2.
So disjointed was the Flames’ performance that they conceded both goals in the first half within the first twenty minutes and were always second on the ball.
Coach Ronny van Geneugden deployed a 3-4-3 system but the team failed to score even a consolation goal.
Team Manager James Sangala admitted that the Flames were not good enough on the day to register a win.
He expressed concern that the players lacked the cutting edge to finish off the numerous scoring opportunities created in the match but promised an improved performance in the second match against Mauritius.
“One positive we can draw from the match is that we finished on a high. We will definitely do better in our second match,” Sangala said.
Geneugden featured Ernest Kakhobwe in goals with John Lanjesi, Lucky Malata and Dennis Chembezi playing in defence.
The midfield quartet consisted of Stanley Sanudi, Chikoti Chirwa, Simeon Singa and Francis Mlimbika while Yamikani Chester, Dalitso Sailesi and Jabulani Linje started upfront.
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