Malawi national football team (the Flames) vice-captain Joseph Kamwendo has issued a passionate public apology to the nation following the teamâ€™s exit from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at the hands of Ghanaâ€™s Black Stars last Saturday.
For the umpteenth time, the Flames failed at the last hurdle when they went down 1-0 to Ghana to bow out of the competition 3-0 on aggregate.
Instead of starting at full throttle, the Flames capitulated in just the opening two minutes before a partisan 20 000 home crowd and was sent crashing out of the continental showpiece.
Kamwendo acknowledged that the team had let the nation down after snoozing for â€œtwo mad minutesâ€.
However, Kamwendo also said the Flames had a tall order having gone down 2-0 in the first leg in Accra.
â€œRealistically, we had a mountain to climb. It was our wish to qualify but it was going to be extremely difficult and the early goal worsened our situation,â€ said the Mighty Wanderers midfielder.
â€œWe know that the fans were hurt by our failure to rise to the occasion but they have to bear with us because we were facing a technically and tactically strong opponent.â€
Kamwendo said the Flames lost concentration in the opening minutes.
â€œI do not know how to put it when you are so near yet you are so far. It is bad.â€
He called on the nation not to forsake the team at this time.
â€œSo, the only thing we have to say is sorry to the public. We are sorry for the result. We take full responsibility of the result,â€ he said.