FLAMES only had an hour to enjoy second position in Group F next to leaders Nigeria as Namibia upstaged Kenya 1-0 in Windhoek to leapfrog Malawi and settle on second position.
Smarting from a 1-0 defeat from Nigeria a week ago, Namibia's Brave Warriors took advantage of the situation and managed a win in the game played an hour after the Kamuzu Stadium draw.
As the Flames regroup today to start preparations for a swim or sink Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad on Saturday, the players have said there was no room for another draw.
After the fifth successive draw against Nigeria, senior players interviewed felt the team's main problem was lack of composure when in front of goal.
Captain Moses Chavula said the Flames needed to build on their strengths rather than dwelling on their weaknesses.
"Of course, we have been drawing for the past five games. But to me I think we need to focus on our strengths. Our strength is that we have a good defence and midfield. That is very important. If we build on this strength and start scoring goals, then we will be fine," Chavula said.
Angola based defender James Sangala also said the team had to start utilising scoring opportunities if they are to survive in the campaign.
"We missed a lot of chances. If we had utilised our chances we could have won that game in the first half. It's really sad that we missed such scoring opportunities," he said.
Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng'ambi was also speechless on how the Flames could fail to score more than one goal in a game they dominated throughout.
"If we can't win a game in which we had all those chances, then that's a big problem. We need to change our attitude when attacking. We need to be focused in our game," he said.
Coach Kinnah Phiri was also in utter disbelief after seeing his side waste scores of scoring opportunities.
"Nigeria didn't play. They weren't in the game. But we let ourselves down by letting them score that goal and failing to utilise all those opportunities," he said.
The coach however, said they would have to work hard and make sure they avoid another draw when they play Chad this Saturday.
"To me the Chad game is the one that we have to win at all cost. A draw in this game means we are out. We cannot afford to repeat what happened in the Nigeria game," the coach said.