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Wasteful Flames Held

Logarušic: Malawi surprised me because they are much better than i expected

Mwase: Our play was good suffice to say that we need to help the boys quickly regain fitness

The country’s Senior Mens Football team on Sunday played to a goalless draw with their Zimbabwean counterparts at Mpira Stadium in a strength testing match.

The Flames could have easily won with a wider margin but the team squandered numerous scoring opportunities.

The Flames started the game on a high note, displaying some flashy passes against the visitors who looked cagey.

19 minutes into the first Flames top striker Gabadinho Mhango had his goal disallowed for a handball.

In the 39th minute Chimwemwe Idana could have put the host in front but ratcheted over the cross bar a seater well laid off by US based flames midfielder Yamikani Chester.

Four minutes later, Gabadinho Mhango dribbled past Zimbabwes last man but wasted yet another scoring opportunity with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Zimbabwe Warriors came a changed side in the second half but did not do much to threaten Enerst Kakhokwe who returned to the Flames first eleven after a while.

In the dying minutes of the second half, Zimbabwe goalkeeper Talbert Shumba denied Mecium Mhone a goal opportunity with a fine save in the 89th minute.

Coach Meck Mwase, who handed the Gor Mahia Star Andrea Malisero handed Flames debut after the normal duration told a post match interview that he was satisfied with the play of his charges.

“Despite missing several scoring opportunities, our play was good suffice to say that we need to help the boys quickly regain fitness and composure when scoring opportunities are created”, Mwase said.

His counterpart Zdravko Logarušic said he was happy with the outcome bearing in mind that he brought a makeshift squad that only trained on the eve of the teams departure.

“I am happy with the way my boys because they only had one training session and six members of my squad did not take part in the session.

This is good for me because no one got injured, secondly we saw some things, thirdly, Malawi also surprised me because they are much better than i expected”, Logarušic said.

The Flames are preparing for a back to back 2021 AFCON qualifier against Burkina-Faso next month whereas Zimbabwe faces Algeria in the same competition.

Meanwhile, Flames foreign based players are expected to return to their respective clubs after fulfilling the two international friendly matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe.

However, the locally based players will undergo another round of Covid-19 tests this coming Friday before joining camp on Monday, to commence preparations for the Burkina Faso two legged AFCON 2021 qualifier next month.

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