To two members of the 1962 Nyasaland Select that lost 12-0 to Ghana, it did not matter that on Saturday the Black Stars came again to beat the Flames 1-0 at Civo Stadium.
Former Nyasaland goalkeeper McMillan Kishombe and midfielder Nathan Gondwe, were just grateful that Zodiak Broadcasting Station invited them to watch Malawi exit the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
â€œI am grateful to Bango [Sports Reporter Mike] for his effort. About the match, I was not impressed by Ghana, but Malawi. The standard has improved for our boys compared to our era,â€ said the 71-year-old Kisyombe, who is based in Karonga.
On his part, Gondwe also hailed Zodiak and Bango for taking the trouble to trace him and to be present at Civo.
â€œThere is nothing we can say we can contribute to Malawi football as we are old and football has changed a lot. We are just happy for the Flames. They tried. There is no point that somebodyâ€™s head should be chopped because of the loss. It is not the coachâ€™s fault,â€ said Gondwe.
Ironically, the matchâ€™s guest of honour First Gentleman retired Chief Justice Richard Banda also played in the Nyasaland side that lost at Rangely Stadium, now Kamuzu Stadium.