Malawi national football team reshuffle which saw flesh blood being loped in has failed to produce wonders on Sunday as the team was held to a two-all draw by Swaziland in the 2017 African Cup of Nation qualifiers.
Flames started the game on a high note and no wonder the team scored an early goal through Gerald Papa Phiri in the 8th minute of the first half after receiving a pass of Robin Ngalande.
The joy for the goal did not last long as Swaziland equalized in the 19th minute after flames defence led by Limbikani Mzave went to bed.
In the 21st minute of the first half, flames restored the slender lead through Chiukepo Msowoya and the first half ended 2-1 in favour of flames.
Come second half, flames started playing a defending football giving Swaziland a chance to fight for its survival.
Dark clouds fail to the flames in the 62nd minute of the second half as Swaziland equalized as the flames defence went to bed again.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali tried to reorganize the team by making some tactical changes to grab maximum points but it did not work and the game ended in 2-all draw.
Speaking in an interview after the game, Mtawali expressed disappointment over the results, saying his charges deserved a win.
Mtawali also questioned the performance of some players.
“We gave away lead twice and they were easier goals. We failed to play our planned game to keep possession. But we still have a chance in this group. A point away from home in Africa not that bad,” he said.
The results means flames is bottom in the group with Swaziland leading with 4 points.