Malawi draw 0-0 with Uganda in friendly

Malawi national football team aka the Flames played a 0-0 draw with Uganda on Tuesday in an International friendly encounter at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala ahead of their 2015 Nations Cup pre-qualifier against Benin.

Both sides used the encounter to fine-tune ahead of the Afcon final round of preliminary qualifiers.

Malawi Flames travel to Benin while the Uganda Cranes welcome Mauritania in the first leg on Saturday.

Malawi Flames

Malawi Flames

Uganda started the better side, with signs of an early surge at Malawi’s      goal. Former Ghanaian based professional Joseph Ochaya blasted wide from 20 yards before Brian Omony missed a 16th minute sitter.

The Flames attacked on the break though with no clear goal bound opportunity as the striking duo of Kaira Chimango and Msowoyo Chiukepo was kept under check by hosts defenders

Phillip Masiye had the best moment for the Flames but his effort was well blocked full back, Godfrey Walusimbi.

The opening half’s best chance fell to Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito but his goal bound lob that had already beaten goalie, McDonald Harawa was cleared off the line with a well headed clearance from Sankhari Mkandawire.

During the match, Flames coach Young Chimodzi used a defensive system as he featured five defenders namely Sankhani Mkandawire, Francis Mlimbika, John Lanjesi, James Sangala and Lucky Malata.

On the midfield, Chimodzi opted for John Banda, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Philip Masiye and Chimango Kayira while Chiukepo Msowoya played as a lone striker with Mac Donald Harawa in goals.

On the bench, there was Richard Chipuwa, Frank Banda, Joseph Kamwendo, Robin Ngalande, Gastin Simkonda and Young Chimodzi Jnr.

Meanwhile, the team leaves for Benin on Wednesday.

In a dramatic decision, Big Bullets defender Yamikani Fodya leaves the country tomorrow to join the squad in Nairobi Kenya enroute to Benin.

Fodya replaces striker Atusaye Nyondo who has failed to make the trip as his passport is with South African immigration for work permit process.

Black Leopard defender Harry Nyirenda will also join the team tomorrow in Kenya while Celtic are yet to release Gabadihno Mhango and Limbikani Mzava.

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