By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Contrary to what happened in 2010 in Angola when Malawi National Football Team under Kinnah Phiri defeated Algeria by three goals to nil in their opening game.
On Monday, January 10, 2022, the Flames lost to Guinea by a goal to nil in Cameroon,the lone goal scored by Siagga Sylla at 35th minute in the first half.
It was a game in which both teams tried to make attacks,but Flames looked inferior especially at the midfield where Chimwemwe Idana and John Banda was playing giving Guinea some rooms to move freely.
Malawi had several chances which they failed to convert into goals through, Yamikani Chester, Peter Banda, Limbikani Mzava and Richard Mbulu.
First forty five minutes ended Flames trailing by a goal to nil despite them creating more chances thanks to Guinea goalie Aly Keita who made beautiful saves.
Second half Guinea tried their way to find another goal as Malawi was busy searching for an equalizer but the efforts from both sides did not yield anything until the last whistle came in to confirm that the Flames have been frozen by the Guineas.
Malawi was depleted due to COVID-19 which forced Mwase to still keep in a field of play the under-performing players. Zebron Kalima made his debut towards the end of the game.
Ernest Kakhobwe was better than he has been in the past games as he made some brilliant saves to avoid his team from conceding more goals.
Dennis Chembezi was also down as he was improvised to play as a left back.
Senegal and Guinea have collected maximum points in their group B opening games while Zimbabwe and Malawi have failed to do so,and the two meet on Friday in a must win game if they are to qualify in the group stages.
Assistant Coach for the Flames, Meck Mwase, was saddened with the defeat as he said his boys created more chances than their counterparts.
Mwase said that his boys played well that is why they were able to create chances.Mwase vowed to prepare for the remaining games and believe the team will do better.