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The humiliation our local teams, Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security FC, in the first-legs of continental tournaments is a wake-up call that a lot needs to be done to improve Malawi football.

Wanderers, who had a disastrous Caf Champions League outing against AS Vita in Kinshasa, came back home with tails between legs after losing 4-0.

On the other hand, Masters had their faces cast down after being whipped 5-0 by Angolan side, Atletico Petroleos de Luanda.

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It was a result befitting a team that struggled in strength testing match ahead of this competition.

In total, the Malawi representatives shamefully came back home with nine goals against nothing.

To be brutally honest, it is sheer fantasy for one to imagine that these two teams can upset tables in the reverse fixtures at home next week.

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The results confirm that Malawi football needs to undergo a lot of transformation if it is to be at par with the rest of the continent.

This embarrassment has not been confined to the two cubs alone but it has affected the whole nation, no wonder Super League of Malawi wants to start subsidising costs for teams that join Champions League.

Of course, this performance reflects the deep-rooted problem that is haunting Malawi football.

Giving subvention to a team that wants to participate in Champions League is just treating the symptom, and that should be the last resort.

There is need to create mutually beneficial policies and conditions to uplift Malawi football from the grassroots.

Watching clips of the two teams play, any soccer analyst can easily judge that the two teams lacked mental and physical strength that come through thorough preparations. Typical of a by-product of a broken nation.

On the field of play, the players kept on panting like old wounded lionesses as they were being mercilessly torn apart by the tough-as -teak opponents.

It is sad that while some of us are bitter with the results, some players and officials are sleeping soundly at night and continue going to training without qualms despite suffering such a terrible loss.

They have completely forgotten that their roles were to safeguard the integrity of the nation.

It is sad that some of the players and even officials have no decency of remorse when such a calamity happens.

The national wounds are still fresh, and it would be fundamentally flawed to allow these teams to get away with such a crime.

They need to be whipped left, right, centre until they appreciate the importance of representing the nation well at competitions of such magnitude.

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