State President Lazarus Chakwera has expressed happiness and satisfaction with Malawi National Football Team’s performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals where they bowed out in the last 16.
The Flames’ campaign ended on Tuesday night in Yaounde, Cameroon, with a 2-1 loss to Morocco, with Gabadinho Mhango scoring Malawi’s goal.
This was the first time for the Flames to play in the continental competition’s knockout stage after failing to go beyond the group stage in earlier appearances in 1984 and 2010.
Mhango’s three goals in four matches made him the highest scoring Malawian player at the Afcon finals.
Chakwera said the Flames’ performance was satisfactory.
“I am personally filled with joy and gratefulness for the remarkable performance you have displayed at the Afcon tournament. You have written a new history of our nation’s football.
“Although you did not qualify to the next round, you have left all of us feeling very proud of you and with much hope for a brighter future in future. Walk with your heads high and we wait to welcome you with pride back home. Flames moto kuti buuu!,” the president said in his social media message.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu saluted the Flames for making the country proud.
“You are our heroes. You fought a good fight and rattled the cage of the Atlas Lions of Morocco. We played to our last breath and went down fighting.
“We came as underdogs but left an indelible mark at Afcon. I salute you for making Malawi proud. Our dream of Raising the Bar lives on,” Nyamilandu’s post on Fam’s Facebook page reads.
British journalist Joe Crann tweeted that the Flames should walk tall after a great run in Cameroon.
“It’s been a great run for Malawi. They can really be proud of themselves at Afcon 2021 and have made a proper go of things,” Crann’s tweet reads.