Peter Banda ignores individual praises

Peter Banda

After the Malawi’s 1-0 loss to Guinea in their starting Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) match, a lot of people praised the Flames’ midfielder, Peter Banda for his brilliance.

Some even argued that the 21 year-old deserved the Man of the Match accolade as opposed to Naiby Keita.

However, when Banda received the praises, he has ignored them saying individual brilliance is useless when the team loses.

The Simba FC star was substituted for Zebron Kalima in the final minutes of the match, but he created a number of chances for the Flames.

“People are saying I had a good game. But I think by my standard that was not the best. I could have done better. But we have to look at the bigger picture.  Football is about winning games and in this tournament at this level it is about getting points. We failed to get points despite playing well and creating more chances.

”So, playing good and attractive football doesn’t count if you don’t win matches. I can’t be proud that I played well when I didn’t help my team to get points.

“In the remaining two games we need to improve our finishing because at this level we can’t afford to be missing such chances. 

“We still have a chance to qualify for the knockout stages and destiny is still in our hands. We just have to get the needed points in the remaining two games,” Banda said.

The Flames will face Zimbabwe on Friday before taking on Senegal on Tuesday next week.

They are currently third in group B table, with no point just like Zimbabwe which went down 1-0 to Senegal.

Guinea top the table despite being at par with Senegal on points.