Despite Flames 1-0 win against the Taifa stars of Tanzania on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium, the team has been booted out of the 2018 World Cup through goal aggregates.
The Malawi national team went into second-leg of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign while trailing down with two goals conceded in Tanzania last week and the team needed to score three goals to sail through to the next round.
The team started on high note pressing the visitors from all angles with Micium Mhone, John Banda, Gerald Phiri and Chimango Kayira doing most of the job of supplying good football to Chiukepo Msowoya and Shumaker Kuwali upfront.
In the 42nd minute of the first half Flames scored the opener through John Banda giving Malawians sigh of relief.
Come second half, Flames coach Ernest Mtawali made tactical changes by bringing in Isaac Kaliat, Gabadihno Mhango, and Robin Ngalande for Gerald Phiri, Micium Mhone and Miracle Gabeya.
The change did not yield any results as the visitors managed to contain the pressure by resorting to some delaying tactics till the final whistle.
Speaking in an interview after the match, Mtawali said it was pity that the failed to qualify after displaying good football from the first whistle.
On his part, Taifa Stars coach Charles Mkwasa he was pleased to qualify but gave credit to Malawi for “wonderful performance.”
Meanwhile the Taifa stars will now face Algeria.