Flames head coach Ernest Mtawali has apologized to Malawians following the 3-nil defeat to Zimbabwe in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday afternoon.
Mtawali’s boys were roasted at National Sports Stadium by the Warriors who were too good for the visiting side.
Before the match, Mtawali was very much optimistic of recording a result over the Warriors but everything went from bad to worse when the Flames conceded just 16 minutes into the half.
Speaking to the media in the aftermath of the defeat, the former Flames midfielder said he is now focusing on winning the Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup to console Malawians who have been let down by the team.
“It’s unacceptable to play this way. I am apologizing to Malawians for this shameful defeat.
“I am now focusing on doing well at the Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup in Namibia in order to console your heavy hearts,” said Mtawali.
The Flames are winless in Group L with 2 points and they are remaining with a single game at home in September against Swaziland.
The last time Malawi qualified for the Afcon was in 2010 in Angola where they recorded a 3-nil victory over Algeria before being sent packing by Angola and Mali.
The team will proceed to Namibia for the Cosafa tourney.