Flames of Malawi lost with two first half goals from the Taifa Stars of Tanzania making their life difficult for a return leg of the 2018 preliminary World Cup qualifier at Benjamin Mukapa National Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Taifa Stars foward Farid Mussa who set Mbwana Samatta through to claim the opening goal before he himself found the net for a second goal.
Flames Coach said that his charged lacked concentration in defense but said things will work out in the return match on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
Scoring more than two straight goals is a must during the Blantyre game, whose winner will face Algeria before progressing into the group stages.
Mtawali’s squad was dominated by his under 20 national team players he once coached last year, dropping some senior players in the process.