W’Cup: Fear grips Malawians over Flames poor run
•As team crashes out of COSAFA Cup
Fear of facing Super Eagles on September 5 has gripped Malawi football fans who had initially hoped that the Flames would defeat Super Eagles at home in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
Reports from Malawi hinted on Tuesday that the team’s second straight loss to Angola under Belgian tactician, Tom Saintfiet is giving them serious concerns.
Former captain of the team, Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda admitted that there was a lot to do if the Flames is to realize its ambition of turning the table against Eagles in Nigeria.
Malawi blew its last chance at qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament after giving away an early lead to the Angolans on Tuesday in Kitwe, Zambia.
The Flames had earlier lost to the tournament’s defending champion, Zimbabwe’s Warriors on Saturday in Lusaka and was given the opportunity to play in the quarter-final losers’ division but still failed to progress.
Saintfiet had expressed his disappointment at the loss against Angola, noting that his team played well but lost on penalties.
“Here is a coach who is very disappointed with the result but very proud of his team,” said Saintfiet after the game, his first in charge of the Malawi side.
“We played well in the second half. I am not happy that such a nice game could be decided on penalties,” he said.
But Malawians now believe he needs to do a lot more to beat Eagles. Flames has now lost three matches (two of them competitive one) in the last four weeks.