New crew but same old story, the Flames continued miserable performance on continental platform took new turn when the team was disgracefully humbled by Zimbabwe’s Warriors on Sunday.
Flames felled to 3-0 loss in a Group L Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in a game played in Harare as the Warriors clinched a place in the AFCON finals.
Malawi conceded first goal in the first 14 minutes when Knowledge Musona scored through a spot-kick.
The referee awarded the penalty after Flames keeper Charles Swini had brought down Musona inside the penalty box following a set piece.
Flames nearly leveled the scores in the 29th minute but there was no one to slot the ball home as it passed the goal mouth following a Joseph Kamwendo free-kick.
Zimbabwe’s man of the moment Khama Billiati inflicted more pain when he finished a good pass from Musole.
Zimbabwe got their third goal at the dot of 90 minutes.
Qualifying for the Nations Cup would be a consolation for Zimbabwe after they were thrown out of 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay a former coach.
The last time Malawi qualified for AFCON finals was in 2010 under Kinnah Phiri, now coaching Mbeya Utd in Tanzania.
In other Group L match, Swaziland have beaten Guinea 1-0 in Mbabane, that means Zimbabwe have qualified for 2017 AFCON finals.
Zimbabwe leads in Group L with 11 points followed by Swaziland who have eight points. Guinea comes third with five points while Flames anchors the table with two points.
Flames will face Swaziland at home in September in the last game of the 2017 AFCON finals qualifying campaign.