Malawi National Football Team midfielder Peter Banda has expressed dissatisfaction with his performance during the 1-0 loss to Guinea on Monday.
Banda said he was getting complements about his individual performance in the match but said failure to help the team win still bothers him.
The Simba Sports Club star told Football Association of Malawi’s website that playing good football without getting points is nothing.
Banda was one of the Flames’ outstanding players in the Group B match, which the Flames lost despite creating more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets winger, who earned praises for his performance, said individual brilliance does not matter if it does not help the team win matches.
“People are saying I had a good game. But I think, by my standards, that was not the best. I could have done better. We have to look at the bigger picture. Football is about winning games and in this tournament at this level, it is about getting points.
“We failed to get points despite playing well and creating more chances. So playing good and attractive football doesn’t count if you don’t win matches. I can’t be proud that I played well when I didn’t help my team get points,” he told fam.mw.
Banda said the Flames needed to improve their finishing in tomorrow’s match against Zimbabwe and Senegal on Tuesday if they were to progress to the knockout stages.
“At this level, we can’t afford to be missing such chances. We still have a chance to qualify for the knockout stages and destiny is still in our hands. We just have to get the needed points in the remaining two games,” he is quoted as saying.
Banda nearly got his name on the scoresheet with a well curved shot aimed at the top left corner which Guinea’s goalkeeper Aly Keita parried away for a corner kick.
The Flames’ closest chance fell to Yamikani Chester who, after intercepting a pass in the penalty box, shot straight at Keita.
Mecium Mhone also had a chance to make a difference in the match but Keita stretched out wide to deny his long range effort and force a corner kick.
Madinga was also unlucky to have his shot saved after a superb Peter Banda pass.
Coach Meck Mwase blamed the loss on lack of confidence, saying his charges created scoring opportunities which they could have converted.