Malawi Flames beaten by Kenya

By Peter Kanjere and Timothy olubulu

Malawi national football team, as usual, lost 1-0 to Kenya in a friendly which took place at Moi International Sports Stadium in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Francis Kahata scored for the Harambee Stars to hand the Flames their second defeat in three days, having also lost 3-0 to Morocco in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match played in Casablanca.

The Flames have scored six goals and conceded 12 goals in the 17 games under Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) from Belgium.There is no doubt that the Flames are on a steady decline.

The team, on their way home today, have now failed to win in eight consecutive games.

In 17 games in all competitions since being hired last year, RVG has won twice, drawn eight games and lost six times.

Kahgata celebrating his goal. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

In Tuesday’s game, RVG made some changes to the squad which lost in Morocco; John Lanjesi and Rafik Namwela played in the starting 11 at the expense of Denis Chembezi and Frank Banda, respectively. Kenya’s head coach Sebastien Migne went with the same team that played Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana.

In the second-half, Chiukepo Msowoya replaced Richard Mbulu whereas Banda was introduced in place of Gabadinho Mhango upfront but the Flames could not get an equaliser. Malawi came close in the 24th minute when Mhango Gabadinho beat Atudo with the ball, the youngster running into the edge of the area but his shot deflected off target for a corner that wasn’t put into good use.