Malawi blows a lead and loses to Guinea: Afcon qualifiers

Malawi national team blew the lead on Tuesday when Guinea earned a 1-2 win in Group L qualifiers of 2017 Africa Cup of Nation played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Guinea player in a bicycle kick...Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Guinea player in a bicycle kick…Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Its a goal for Flames, Chiukepo celebrates..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Its a goal for Flames, Chiukepo celebrates..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Chiukepo (right) celebrating his goal...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Chiukepo (right) celebrating his goal…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tight marking...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tight marking…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Another bad day in office for head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Another bad day in office for head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Tempers flared during the game - Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Tempers flared during the game – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Dump defeat: Flames fans were silenced....Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Dump defeat: Flames fans were silenced….Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Annoying defeat for Flames at home - Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Annoying defeat for Flames at home – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Guinea did them a big favour when they produced a masterly second half show that tore apart Malawi   and helped them seize control of second position Group L.

As he has often done, Chiukepo Msowoya took the responsibility to put the Flames   into the lead when he headed in a Micium Mhone’s cross in the 30th minute.

And what a beauty of a goal, struck which sent Guinea stopper Yattara Mousaa the wrong way.

However, despite of accelerating their gear, the Flames displayed a disjointed show, as they resorted into aerial balls.

The Flames also endured a frustrating first half, as they struggled to  breakthrough.

But it was a different tale in the second period as Guinea responded in a big way by piling up a lot of pressure to the Flames, especially on the midfield where the home team lost ball possession.

Playing in front of an appreciative crowd, the Flames failed to find their rhythm giving the visitors more space to manoeuvre.

Guinea found an equalizer in the 46th minute when goalkeeper Bright Munthali failed to clear the ball over the bar that saw  Mohamed Yattara  shot in the net as an equalised just before half-time.

The partisan home fans thought their team will come flat-out in the second half, oops! Guinea breathed fire and  they pushed on, securing an excellent away victory through Idrissa Sylla’s 60th-minute goal.

The goal was a result of poor timing by young Munthali in Flames goals after he failed to clear a loose ball in the box.

In the 74th minute, Guinea  goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny John Banda  from the free-kick as he dived to his right  and tipped the ball over the cross bar.

However, the visitors kept coming but thanks to Harry Nyirenda and Stanely Sanudi who were superb in defence.

Guinea are three points behind group leaders Zimbabwe with two games remaining.

Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali hinted they would need to focus on the next match and invest much in preparations before the clash with Zimbabwe  in June.

“We need to put more in terms of our preparations. It doesn’t mean that if we are anchoring the  group we sit and think everything will work automatically. So we need to prepare ourselves very well so that we collect maximum points against them,” said Mtawali.

Mtawali also said the defeat was a big blow to their quest for qualification.

“It’s a very bad result. The result is a bit embarrassing . We lost our shape a bit. Instead of playing with our heads and remaining focused we started playing with our hearts. Gaps started appearing in our defence and the visitors capitalized.

“But we will fight on. We still have six more points to play for. We will try to reach 8 points and then see where that puts us. Of course we are keeping our fingers crossed that maybe the other group results go our way,” said Mtawali.

Flames  will face Zimbabwe in Harare  in their next match and then conclude the campaign against Swaziland in Blantyre.

Elsewhere: BBC Reports ..

Ethiopia held Algeria 3-3 to prevent the Desert Foxes booking their place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Algeria would have qualified for the tournament had they beaten Ethiopia, who they had thrashed 7-1 in Blida in their first group meeting on Friday.

This time Ethiopia took the lead three times but a late penalty by Faouzi Ghoulam secured a point for Algeria.

Algeria are top of Group J with 10 points, five points clear of Ethiopia with two matches left to play.

The 13 group winners are guaranteed a place at the finals in Gabon, with the two best-placed runners-up also going through. Gabon qualify automatically as hosts.

Getaneh Kebede scored either side of Islam Slimani’s equaliser to put Ethiopia 2-1 up on Tuesday.

Aissa Mandi levelled again and Dawit Fikadu restored Ethiopia’s advantage only for Ghoulam to slot home from the spot with five minutes remaining.

In the other match in the group Lesotho were surprise victors over Seychelles.

Tumelo Khutlang struck the winning goal for the hosts, avenging the 2-0 away defeat Lesotho suffered in Seychelles four days ago and giving Lesotho their first points of the group stage.

The results mean Algeria will qualify for the finals if they avoid defeat against Seychelles in June.

Senegal also had a chance of booking their place in Gabon following their 2-1 win in Niger – but they needed a draw between Burundi and Namibia.

Instead, Burundi secured a 3-1 away to sustain the competition in Group K.

However, leaders Senegal need only to avoid defeat against Burundi in June to ensure their qualification.

Rwanda thumped Mauritius 5-0 with Ernest Sugira scoring a rapid-fire brace in their Group H tie in Kigali.

It gave Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry’s side sweet revenge for their 1-0 defeat in Mauritius three days ago.

Dominique Nshuti started the rout on 11 minutes, followed on the half hour by two goals in a minute from Sugira to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Fitina Omborenga and Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza score a goal apiece in the send half to complete a comprehensive victory.

Rwanda move up to second in the table on six points., four points behind Ghana.

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32 thoughts on “Malawi blows a lead and loses to Guinea: Afcon qualifiers”

  1. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan says:

    Until we face REALITY and get rid of ‘the team’ – Walter Nyamilandu & Co – NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

    Nyamilandu is GREAT AT ARSE-KISSING FIFA CRIMINALS and very little else.

    Who is he now going to suggest WE THE CITIZENS AND TAX-PAYER’s OF MALAWI FINANCE – to replace Ernest Mtawali? Jesus Christ? And even Christ would fail.

    Is he going to bring in another ‘Tom Saintfiet’ who is now FAILING TOGO?

    A close look better be taken at what is happening with Nigeria and its national team failings. Nigeria’s latest collapse once again CONFIRMS Walter Nyamilandu and Tom Saintfiet SABOTAGED Malawi’s chances of going to Brazil 2014. And this was done entirely @ Tax-Payer’s EXPENSE. And it was also done IN ACCORDANCE WITH Joseph Sepp Blatter and FIFA’s ‘marketing policy’ whereby CERTAIN COUNTRIES ARE KEPT AWAY FROM GLOBAL SPORTS FINALS.

    I have THE EVIDENCE and I am publishing it. WE PAID TO BE RIPPED-OFF and the Africans at the FIFA ‘CONgresses’ accepted DISLOYAL-PAYMENTS – a.k.a. BRIBES a.k.a. KICK-BACKS – LOWER than what Blatter paid his fellow Europeans!


    And I’m NOT SURPRISED African Football is INFERIOR despite the fact we supply Quality Players to many non-African Leagues!

  2. Pido Adams says:

    The Malawi, fa: and there players are fools.

  3. k chigumbu says:

    Malawi. Let me warn you. You need to strategise and play according to your strength. You also need to exploit zimbabwe’s weaknesses otherwise you will be thrashed in Harare.

  4. Umwana wa Mwanawane says:


  5. Kadakwiza says:

    Even if Malawi can hire the best coach in the world still our national team will lose. The problem is our Super League. There is no sponsorship for football teams in the local league because our country have no more investors due to our bad economic policies. So the problem is money.

  6. Bwanali Yusuf says:

    Flames can not do well because of the problems Malawi as a nation is facing. our players needs to be motivated to play well on the ground. I am blaming the stiation we are not players, football is a business not what we see in Malawi. Tili kutaliiiiiii kuti a Malawi tizachite bwino.

  7. chichitike sajiwa says:

    very sad to Malawi as a nation

  8. JD says:

    Dissolve flames basi

  9. phillipo Banda says:

    Follow Chad by withdrawing,

  10. Mpinga says:

    Don’t expect any miracles for Malawi football as long as APM and Walter are at the helm of Malawi affairs. Two election thieves. The Lord can not bless Malawi

  11. sikusinja says:

    Malawi will not qualify. Period.


    Zimbabwe will beat Malawi 6-0.

  13. Ze Roberto says:

    Banking hopes on this Malawi national soccer team is own deliberate invitation of heart attack. I stopped doing that long time ago when I learnt it in a hard way. I know we only good at cashgate. That’s our specialty area.

  14. Bwino bwino says:



    Malawi lacks proper training and they should forget getting points against Zimbabwe becoz the later thrashed Swaziland 4-0.
    Zimbabwe will beat Malawi 6-0.

  16. mahule ndi dhilu. alibe mwano says:

    the only team on earth that has no home ground advantage. kunja kufa, kwanu kufa. mumathadi chilichonse abakha inu? anyway, tikhauleno ndi ebola mwatibweretselayo. nyo!

  17. tr says:

    i hate wat the team does to us supporters. .. messing with our emotions. . tingo siya mpila basi

  18. Mpini Walezala says:

    Tinazolowera izi. Zizayenda Economy ikazagwira mseu.

  19. Chaundila says:

    This is very bad especially losing at home! Who was supposed to know that Kamwendo had two yellow cards? Was it Kamwendo himself or the coach or the captain. That knowledge could have been used in the preparations and Kamwendo should have been reserved for the Harare game after serving the suspension. Someone should pay for the carelessness otherwise the preparation should have been done without Kamwendo. Very bad to lose at home though it seems to be our tradition as we also lost to Zimbabwe at the same venue. Zimachitika panopa England is losing at home to Netherlands.

  20. Kab says:

    players need balanced diet otherwise we still have a long way to go.

  21. mjiba says:

    match fixing probe the gooalkeeper

  22. mpandadzina says:

    Poor coach!!!!!!!!!You were a great player but certainly coaching is not yours.Maybe you need a change of attitude!!

  23. kampota mike says:

    apa amalawi tiyeni tivomeleze tisangoononga ndalama pamene anthu akumwalira kuso wa makhwala zipatala mpira unali ndi kamuzu akuyitana akunja kudzamphuzitsa amalawi zatichimwa koma mitonjani kupapila now change kukwemba ndi matama ndi mpira sizigwirizana

  24. Mjomba Yusuf Msume says:

    Kukhala nazo serious za mpira wa ku Malawi udziwe kuti udzafa ngati chibudu, They know how to make people disappointed.

  25. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Is it impossible for Malawi to win the remaining 2 matches? No, it isn’t! Is it impossible for Guinea to beat Zimbabwe? No, it isn’t! Is it impossible for Swaziland to beat Guinea? No, it isn’t! So you doubting Thomas what makes you think it is impossible for Malawi to qualify?

  26. James Phiri says:

    The goal keeper needs more time to mature. How do you expect a Fisd Wizard player to defend national goal if his team was miserably thrown out of Super League? We are far from qualifying as national team. Bola club mwina ikanalimba. 106 million mpira wake umeneuja? Ndiye cashgate yomwe.

  27. Mwamadi says:

    Malawi is out. The coach is just being brave. You can’t beat Zimbabwe in Harare. MALAWI is a cursed country.

  28. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Walter achoke! !!!

  29. The Analyst says:

    Just 4 days ago when Malawi drew in Guinea; many people celebrated, and others even heaped praises on some individual thanking him for the draw e.t.c. But some of us kept low . . .

    In our low P, we just asked some humble questions . . .
    . . . was a draw the best we hoped for and expected?
    . . . do you celebrate a battle when the war is not yet over?
    . . . is not Malawi team’s inconsistency, well documented?

    Are we not vindicated now?

    Imeneyi ndiye Flames ndimaidziwa ine! Ali mwana wa sukulu kungoti yakanika timpezele zochita zina. Otherwise, the Flames are a huge disappointment!

  30. Bibo says:

    The result is not a bit embarrassing Mr Mtawali,but it’s what some of us expected. I said last time that Malawi is not in the class of Guinea. Mtawali’s team’s draw in Conakry was a fluke.Malawian players, though some have some skill,
    are too raw and technically not polished.This is due to lack of overseas exposure plus mediocre coaching locally.

    It will take so many years before Malawi plays at the Afcon again because the team doesn’t have technically gifted stars and I think there is no intelligence in the style of play.Malawi hasn’t invested enough in order to produce players of the world stage.The emergence of a strong Flames team will come from youth teams that can represent Malawi at Africa and world level.The participation of under 20 and under 17 at the world cup is the only way to produce complete professionals that have technical skills and physical capabilities, but this has to be achieved through academies.

    Ernest Mtawali is also the main detrimental factor to Malawi’s short-term achievements. He has an awkward way of selecting and fielding players.Players like the Chimodzi brothers, Atusaye Nyondo,Frank Banda,John Lanjesi are better than some preferred players he selected.Also, Malawian players lack the conquering spirit that only the coach can inject in them. I like the conquering spirit of Zambian players even though most of them are not based in Europe.

  31. kamwendo mangochi says:

    Zativuta A Malawi
    Don’t lose heart next time with Rhodesia will work.

  32. Robert Daudi says:

    This team needs deliverance…it is possessed.

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