Flames defender Limbikani Mzava was at pains to explain the two minutes of madness in Malawi’s defeat to Mozambique in the quarterfinal of the Cosafa Cup on Monday evening saying it remains a nightmare.
Mzava scored a penalty in the 89th minute and it looked to be a winner for Malawi with scores at 2-1.
But a minute later he deflected a harmless cross into his own net making it 2-2 and taking the match into penalties.
Though he scored a beauty in the shoot out, the Flames lost 5-4.
” I can’t believe it. it still looks like a dream to me. I wanted to skip the ball but it hit me. We have let the nation down and I apologies.
” As defenders we lost concentration when it mattered most. it’s a nightmare and am short of words to explain the scene.
” We have let down the coaches down and we are sorry,” said Mzava.
On a personal note the defender confirmed that next season he will be at a new club Black Aces.
” Having spent three years at Celtic I thought it was time to move. Aces gave me a good offer and are flexible at sending me to Europe for trials every year so I am happy,” he said.
Flames gave the Mamba’s a lead in the opening minutes of the game through a defensive blunder from captain Lucky Malata.
However, Muhammad Sulumba leveled the scores in the second half before Mzava netted the second for Flames.
Meanwhile, Mzava who has spent three years at Bloemfontein Celtic has confirmed that next season he will be joining Mpumalanga Black Aces after he was given a tempting offer including that of sending him to Europe for trials.
“Aces gave me a good offer and are flexible at sending me to Europe for trials every year so I am happy,” he said.
However, Flames youngster Gerald Papa Phiri jnr says he is happy with his performance in his Flames debut against Mozambique on Monday evening.
He however said he feels the performance is nothing to talk about considering that the team lost the match.
” I think I did well. I kept my cool and did not complicate things. I was nervous as I never expected to start. I was shocked when my name was called in the dressing room.
” But I was happy to have played my first match for the Flames though we lost in a painful way.
” My future in the team will depend on the coaches. But I will work hard to remain part of the system,” said Phiri.
The Zimbabwe based midfielder also won the praise of coach Young Chimodzi.
” He proved that he is matured to play at this level and I can confidently declare that the sky is the limit for him,” said Chimodzi.