Swaziland Coach Salute Malawi Team (allAfrica.com)

Swazialnd coach Harries Balunga coach has saluted Malawi national football team, the Flames, for putting up a gallant fight in the two-all draw against his side in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last Sunday.

Balunga said the draw was a true reflection of the game as Malawi dominated the first half while the hosts took charge in the second half.

“Malawi’s team is good. We pushed them in the second half and we could have got a winning a goal,” he said.

“I think it was a balanced game. I believe a two-all draw is true reflection of the game. Although we wanted to win a draw is Okay.”

He said Malawi frustrated his plans to record a second successive win in the campaign after beating Guinea 2-0 in their first game.

The Swaziland coach also was cautious on being favourites to win the group as they are currently on the summit of the group.

“There’s still a long way to go,” he said.

Flames coach Ernest Mtawali said despite throwing away the lead twice in the game saluted his charges for salvaging a draw away.

“We should have won this game. We gave away the lead twice and they were easier goals. We failed to play our planned game to keep possession,” Mtawali said.

“But we still have a chance in this group. A point away from home is not that bad. There are four more games to go. We just have to make sure that we win all our home matches.”

Flames were hoping to put back their campaign on course after a 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe at Kamuzu.