After a wasteful start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign against Guinea in Cameroon on Monday, the team’s coach, Meck Mwase has attributed it to unavailability of key players and fear amongst the players.
Malawi created lots of chances as compared to their first group B opponents but were just unlucky to convert them.
Sitting third on the group table, with no point, just like Zimbabwe, Malawi’s coach believes positive lessons have been learnt matching into the next matches.
“We had all chances; the boys tried their best but failed to utilise them. Missing some key players also affected us. It is not what we planned for, but we have managed to draw some lessons. The coach (Head of Technical panel) was watching the game, so we are going back to the drawing board to work on them ahead of other games,” Mwase said.
Mwase was in charge of the Flames after Head of Technical panel, Mario Marinica tested positive to COVID-19 alongside other players like Gabadinho Mhango.
In the absence Mhango and others, the team had four players on the bench, including two goalkeepers William Thole and Charles Thom, striker Richard Mbulu, and midfielder Zebron Kalima.
Mbulu and Kalima were introduced into the match to replace Yamikani Chester and Peter Banda respectively.
Next is Zimbabwe on Friday as Guinea top the group B table followed by Senegal, despite having three points apiece.