Flames Kusamva: Malawi booted out of Cosafa

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The perennial underachievers who had miraculously wowed the country in their previous two games slumped to their usual losing self tonight at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Namibia.

They were looking for just a goal if they were to concede none against Lesotho in order to progress to the next round of the on-going Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup in Namibia but instead of scoring they conceded with only a few minutes to time.

Jane Thaba-Ntso headed the winner with 7 minutes to play to give Lesotho the win they did not need for them to be in the quarterfinals.

Flames mentor had maintained the same line up that beat Mauritius on Tuesday, with Rafick Namwera partnering Gerald Phiri Jnr in the midfield.

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Flames crashed.

However, that paid no dues. Malawi did most of the chasing in the game as you would expect from a side needing a win, but wasted some chances as Lesotho looked to hit them on the counter attack.

The first two chances fell through to Phiri Jnr who saw both efforts well saved by Lesotho’s shot-stopper who was very outstanding throughout the match.

Gabadinho Mhango who had been brilliant against 15 year old Angolan goalkeeper earlier in the week fired over the bar from close range before missing another chance minutes later.

Today, he was not in a position to score another hat-trick.

At the other end, Charles Swini produced two double stunning saves to deny Ntso from giving his side a lead as Malawi’s defence was caught napping in the line of duty.

With five minutes to play in the first half, old guard and ineffective Chiukepo Msowoya was substituted for Muhamad Sulumba.

The change still failed to give Malawi the goal they needed so badly. In the second half, the Flames were able to keep possession but unlocking Lesotho’s defence proved too difficult for Mtawali’s boys.

Mhango had a chance to put his side in front when he was set through by Namwera but the former Big Bullets forward volleyed over the upright bar.

Minutes later, Joseph Kamwendo almost got the opener but his right footed volley went wide from the goal mouth.

Keeping in mind that goals were needed on the day to save Malawi, Mtawali brought in John Banda for Isaac Kaliyati but the former Blue Eagles winger failed to make any impact as Lesotho defended jealously.

Lesotho had their chances too but lacked the cutting edge as Miracle Gabeya and Harry Nyirenda partnered very well to deny the tiny nation a chance of finding the back of the net.

However, Thaba-Ntso stunned the seasoned losers that are the Flames by heading past Swini into the net just inside the Danger zone to make it 1-0.

Clearly, the journey to the quarterfinals was over. Malawi was back to singing the same song: too close yet too far.

Mtawali threw his last dice in the radar by bringing in Peter Wadabwa for Phiri but it was too late to save Malawi from exiting the tournament in the group stages of the competition.

Speaking to the media after the defeat, Mtawali conceded defeat and accepted that his charges were second best on the day.

“We did not play well especially in the first half and we deserve this defeat,” he said.

The result sees Lesotho progressing to the quarterfinals as group leaders with 9 points and will play South Africa on Saturday, with the Flames finishing as runners up with 6 points. As for Malawi, they need to wait for another year if they are to end their Cup drought.

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  1. Bvuto lathu ma nyasa timasewera mpira wathu mpa kamwa we can’t beat LESOTHO& SWAZIS OF DAY unless if we change our mind set nyasaland has gone down in everything munthu wa nzeru ungamasapote club pomwe ali pa national duty za ziii sizachipanitu izi. Inunso a Ntawali muli nasugzo how many teams are in the super league what ur doing is PRIMITIVE SELECTION yu shud better consult super league coaches to assist yu in choosing the suitable best players koma mukakhala MR KNOW IT ALL ndithu mukhalira yomweyo yomatenga NYASA NDI NOMA ndiye sizikuthandizani plz listen to my advice they are benificial thank u coach.

  2. This z not new guys.. Losing is flames first priority…. Oti ineso ndimadabwa kuti mpaka kuwina ndi Angola. Kkkkkk…Sinzamva flames

  3. ZOWONA TIMU YA ZIKO KUNGOTENGA KU BB NDI KU MANOMA INGAWINE MALAWI YOSEYI MATIMU ALIPO AWIRI OKHA? MUZIFUSE A COACH NDI A FAM ANUWO KUNGOWONONGA NDALAMA ZA ANTHU BASI ASAAAAAA.

  4. CONGLATTLATIONS ONCE MORE. YOU HAVE DONE US ANOTHER WONDERFUL JOB. YOU HAVE MADE MALAWI WIN BY 6 – 7 GOALS. YOU DON’T DESERVE THE CHOP OR THE BOOT. WE SHALL NURTURE YOU TILL KINGDOM COME. AMEN.

  5. Tiyambe kuwonera Super League, koma Kochi wa Malawi makani basi , Sulumba akukanika kuchinya mu Super League angachinye bwanji National Team, kochiyu sadzamva.

  6. SHAME ON US. A POPULATION OF 17,000,000 LOSING TO A POPULATION OF 2,000,000. THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT THE FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION PANEL IS FULL OF JUNK. IT NEEDS ENTIRE OVERTHROW. NEW PEOPLE WITH FRESH IDEAS SHOULD COME IN. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE A FULL YEAR TO COME UP WITH A GOOD TEAM.

  7. apa zatimvuta nvuto ndi ife otsapota titawinna muja mumati ndi BB ili pa map ndiye mumayembekezera kuti wa noma anngasewere mozipelaka ppl of dot post thing can make other play fill sad in their maind wtrite as malawian

  8. Ndichifukwa chake tonse a Malawi anzeru timasapota Ntchembere Mbaye national team yomwe ikumachita cbwino nthawi zonse. Malawi oational team ithesedwe ikuononga ndalama zathu kuti tingokhala ndi ma Kalabu

    • zoona amwene ndalama zakhani khani zikuwonongeka ,ndalamaz zikanagwila nchito zina zothandiza anthu ovutika,chanzelu ndikuthetsa team y kwazaka 8 tidzachite kuambilaso ,ndikanakhala presdent nkanangotsa

  9. The graph was clear to those who know football that angola was an under 19 team(yawana) come mauritius their agemates flames strugled and for those who know lesotho of today, knew kuti could be a miracle to go past it! Malawi its not flames but ashes!

  10. Good play from Malawi…..marvelous passes……these guys are bonding…so thumbs up guys… atleast now the future is in sight thou blur…a step at a time….ena amangofuna ma results a bho…which cannot be achieved without kukonza zinazi…..”eee malawi sidzamva…..eeeh chani”mudzamve ndi inuyo…..

  11. FAM management has no crew how to run football organisation. They are there just to work and make money. Im sure they are there because they hav college certificate with no perfomance background before elected. They hav no solution now is just wait and see

  12. The boys started extremely well with impressive win over Angola with three clear goals from Mhango.The flames came from adefeat by the worriors with the same number of goals that they scored against Angola but managed to register awin.Which local or regional competition is Malawi going be a champion?

  13. I think kumalawi kulibe ma profetional admin n sports jornalist mst ov tymz they Ans their own quiz n we ask them quiz kulemba kwa mtundu wanj munthu odziwa ntchito yake kuyamba mkunyoza? watswrong? smetymz kuyamikila zomwe wacita win or zocepa zimapeleka chilimbikitso kusamva ndye kt chan mumationongela masewero ndinu olemba zopusan

  14. If Flames simamva,what made it to play against Lesotho?,am not smiling at the lose,but i personaly feel its wrong to be totaly mad at Flames.

  15. The Real Fault Is that flames Prayer They Ar Too Much Boosting As If Akudziwa Mpira,ifetu Mukutichitisa Manyazi Game iliyonse Kumangoluza? Bushit