The Malawi hockey national teams suffered heavy defeats in their opening Central and Southern Africa 2023 All Africa games qualifiers in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
The men and women's teams travelled to Zimbabwe by road on Monday.
On their opening day, the women's side lost 11-0 to Namibia, while the men team suffered a 6-1 loss in the hands of Zimbabwe.
One of the coaches, Geoff Biya said despite the losses, they have drawn good lessons considering that it's the first time for Malawi to participate in the games with highly-ranked teams.
"For us we are generally proud of the performance because we didn't expect that. Namibia is one of top ranked teams on position 9, while Malawi is unranked. For the men, we conceded earlier, but atleast the boys settled down well. We need more international friendly games. Zambia are a good side, they beat Zimbabwe.
"Being the first time coming to this competition after over 40 years is a good feeling playing against usual participants," Biya said.
The teams will return into action on Saturday where the women’s team will face Zimbabwe and the men’s team will battle it out with Zambia.