Malawi under 20 and DRC settled for a 1-1 draw in the CAF Youth Championship on Saturday at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The Junior Flames had to come from behind to score an equalizer through super substitute Ernest Tambe with the visitors being first to score courtesy of Christy Manzings.
However, Malawi kicked-off the match on a high note, as players played classic football in front of a not an impressive crowd.
Malawi’s first real chance came in the 18th minute when DRC goalkeeper Tibolia Kileb was forced to make a desperate goal-line clearance with a grass cutter pass following a well drilled cross from Dalitso Sailesi.
The combination of Chawanangwa and Khumbo Ng’ambi failed to click but Malawi dominated the middle of the park where Issac Maluwa was probably man of the match.
In the second half Malawi fashioned out a plethora of chances, but failed to make them count as the stadium which was not packed, oozed anxiety.
Chawanangwa Kawonga twice failed to put the ball at the back of the net after slicing the visitor’s rear guard.
Khumbo Ng’ambi also failed to score from close range.
Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali made several changes brining in the likes of Abraham Kamwendo and Ernest Tambe for Dalitso Silesi and Wongani Kuchisanja for Matias Nyirenda but they could not secure a winning goal.
After the last whistle, Mtawali was disappointed with the draw .
“We played well, we deserved to win this game, but we didn’t take our chances,” he said.
“The result is not all that bad because l have confidence in my boys that we can upset the tables in DRC,” said Mtawali.
The Junior Flames will play DRC again in two weeks in Kishasa in the return match.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :