Malawi national team and Platinum FC midfield dynamo Robert Ng’ambi admits he was left “bitter” after new Flames coach Ernest Mtawali sidleined him in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland on Saturday.
Ng’ambi was never used despite being the only senior professional available for the game.
Mtawali said the midfield workhorse was not given a chance to play because of a groin injury.
But the soft-spoken player, who has acquired a permanent South Africa resident, said he could have done better than some of the players who were given a chance to play.
“I can’t talk much about the performance of the team because every coach has his own strategy. But to tell you the truth it seems that I am no longer needed to be part of this team,” Ng’ambi said.
He said he was not against the coach’s decision but could have made a difference.
“I am not saying that I am against the coach but I feel I could have done better than other players who featured against Swaziland,” he said.
He also hinted that he could snub the next call-up because the coach has lost trust in him.
The newly-appointed coach also dropped captain Joseph Kamwendo, Atusaye Nyondo, Harry Nyirenda, Fischer Kondowe, Esau Kanyenda, Charles Swini, Frank Banda, a decision which Ng’ambi faulted.
“Much as we appreciate that there is a change in the squad it is also very important at look at other areas. We should not have just dropped some of the players because the team lacked maturity,” he said.
Mtawali said he had no regrets to have dropped experienced players.
“I think it will be unfair to suggest that we lacked experience in depth. There are might have been one or two who struggled because they were playing on such a big stage for the first time but I don’t think it could have been any better with the senior players. Maybe I need to clarify that the door has not been closed for those that were dropped,” he said.
Malawi face Tanzania in the World Cup qualifier on 7 October.