Flames captain Limbikani Mzava has apologised to the nation for Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Morocco’s Atlas Lions in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Casablanca.
With his voice straining with emotion, Mzava said: “We have let the people back home down and as captain, on behalf of my colleagues, I apologise.
“We have let the nation down on several occasions of late, but we will pick ourselves up and push in our next [back-to-back] qualifiers against Cameroon.”
The Flames skipper said his disappointment stems from the fact that the Atlas Lions were not at their best.
“As I said, all the goals that we conceded were gifts and the defence, which I am part of, was not compact.”
However, Mzava said he draws comfort from the fact that the Flames are just a point behind group leaders Cameroon.
The Flames are third in the group. They are tied on three points with Morocco from two games apiece while Comoros, who held the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a one-all draw on Saturday, anchor the table with a point.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said while it was largely expected for the Flames to lose in Morocco, “the manner in which they lost was a big disappointment because in all fairness, Morocco were not impressive and with a good approach and more effort, we could have salvaged something from the match”.