Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase has expressed concern over Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Ethiopia at Bahir Dar Stadium in Addis Ababa.
The Flames played Ethiopia in preparation for a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Sudan on Wednesday in Khartoum, Sudan.
The result is the worst since Mwase took over the reigns from Belgian Ronny van Geneugden about two years ago.
Mwase said he was heartbroken to see his charges losing with such a wide score.
“I am very concerned with the result. I did not expect that we could lose to Ethiopia with as many as four goals. This is very embarrassing, but it’s part of the game. We just have to forget what has happened and focus on the two assignments ahead of us,” Mwase said.
He said there were several weaknesses in his team that needed to be rectified before facing South Sudan.
“We still have time to correct the grey areas that are there in the team. Once we do our homework well, I do not doubt that we will deliver against South Sudan.
“Of course, the challenge is that ,in the course of time, the players that I started with when I was taking over as coach are no longer there. The process of replacing them has seen me with a different squad as of now. However, I am happy that the players that I have in my squad are doing all they can to bring positive results. We just need to be patient with them,” Mwase said.
Under Mwase, Malawi have played seven matches with only two goals, one of which was scored by South Africa-based Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango in the 1-0 win over South Sudan on November 13 2019.
Gerald Phiri Junior netted the other goal through a penalty when the Flames lost 3-1 to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on November 12 last year.
Malawi suffered a 2-0 defeat to Uganda in Kampala on November 17 2019 and later went on to lose 1-0 in back-to-back friendlies with Zambia last year.
The Flames were held to a goalless draw by Zimbabwe during a friendly played in October last year as Mwase was preparing his charges for the Burkina Faso match.
During the Wednesday match, Mwase handed Mafco defender Paul Ndhlovu and Ekwendeni Hammers starlet Patrick Banda their Flames debuts.