Some things never change. Loss of concentration continues to haunt Malawi as the Flames yesterday lost 1-0 to Madagascar after conceding in the 88th minute in Championship of African Nations (Chan) first leg at Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo.
Malawi managed to hold the hosts for a good part of the game only to succumb the pressure with just two minutes before regulation time.
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scored from a 25-metre set piece, according to leader of delegation James Mwenda.
“The goalkeeper was inside a little bit. It was a volley on the roof,” he said.
But coach Ronny van Geneugden was confident that the team can turn the tables in the return leg set for Bingu National Stadium this weekend.
“I think it is very important not only to look at the result, but also the performance of the team,” he said. “When we play at home in a week, with a full stadium supporting us, we will utilise the 12th player and I believe we can do it. The battle is not over yet,” said Van Geneugden.
Unlike in the international friendly against Kenya in which the coach featured a rather defensive side, this time the Belgian tactician opted for more attackers. He maintained Ernest Kakhobwe in goals with Francis Mlimbika, Stanley Sanudi, John Lanjesi and Lucky Malata in defence.
In midfield, Dalitso Sailesi, captain Dave Banda, Chimango Kayira, and Yamikani Chester started. Harvey Nkacha played just behind striker Muhammad Sulumba The coach said the Flames also had their moments, but were just unlucky not to score.
Malawi first XI Ernest Kakhobwe, Francis Mlimbika, Stanley Sanudi, John Lanjesi, Lucky Malata, Dalitso Sailesi, Dave Banda(C), Chimango Kaira, Yamikani Chester, Harvey Nkacha, Muhammed Sulumba Madagascar First XI Randrianasolo Leda, Elefoni, Rafelambolasoa Johny, Rakotondrazaka Ando, Tobisoa Njakanirina, Rakotoarisoa Baggio, Manoelantsoa Ando (C), Rakotoarimaalala Njiva, Dax Andrianarimanana Arohasina, Bourahim Jaotomba, Nono Vombola Jeannot.