Flames coach Meck Mwase has said not all is lost despite the 2-0 loss to Uganda’s Cranes on Sunday in a Group B Africa Cup of Nations’ (Afcon) qualifier.
The coach appealed for patience from the fans, saying the journey is still on.
“Of course, it is unfortunate that we lost, but we still have four games to play and anything can happen.
“I am, therefore, appealing to Malawians to have faith in this team. We will try to work on our shortfalls,” he said.
The Flames mentor attributed the two goals his team conceded to “some unnecessary mistakes that we made at the back”.
This was Mwase’s first defeat in open play.
His Ugandan counterpart Johnny McKinstry described Malawi as an energetic team.
“It was a very tough game. Full credit to Malawi, they are a young team full of running and full of energy.
“Honestly, we didn’t expect that energy to last quite as long as it did,” said the 34-year-old Northern Ireland national.
He said the Flames played quite as he had expected, “but they were on high intense level for a long time. Thy are a good young team with a bright future”.
However, McKinstry said the main difference was that his team created chances and made them count.
“Football is about moments and in these key moments, we took advantage,” he said.
Malawi are third in the four-team group with three points from two matches. They won their opening game 1-0 against table anchors South Sudan at home.
Uganda top the group with four points just like second-placed Burkina Faso, but the former has a better goal difference. Malawi’s next match will be against Burkina Faso in August next year.