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Lesotho national football team Coach, Moses Maliehe, has advised his Flames counterpart, Ronny van Geneugden, to drill his charges on attacking so as to score more goals.

The Likuena mentor made the remarks after the Flames held his side to a 1-1 draw in a strength-testing match at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

“The team knocks the ball around but their problem is that they do not play forward passes more often, which means [that] they do not attack more often because everybody wants to touch the ball. They must focus on playing forward passes,” Maliehe said.

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The Lesotho Coach can be vindicated as the Flames have struggled to score since the Belgian took over in April.

Out of 11 games in all competitions, the Flames have scored five goals only and conceded seven goals.

Under the Belgian’s reign, the Flames have defeated—by 1-0 margins— Comoros Islands (Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier) and Togo in a friendly match, lost to Madagascar and Tanzania and drawn seven games.

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However, van Geneugden was optimistic of doing well against Morocco in the Afcon qualifiers next year.

“We must be more efficient in our defensive area, also build up and convert [the] chances we create. The focus must be there in Morocco, but I think this is a good learning moment for us,” he said.

Former Flames striker Andrew Chikhosi said the team lacked coordination.

“He started with a certain crop of players but now he [has]recalled some experienced players. So it was not easy for the team to play coordinated football. There was no cohesion against Lesotho and, sometimes, the players lacked confidence. I do not know what happened to them,” Chikhosi said.

In the game against Lesotho, the Belgian recalled Atusaye Nyondo, Chiukepo Msowoya, Chawanangwa Kawonga, Robin Ngalande and Schumacher Kuwali. Nyondo failed to convert two scoring chances.

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