Malawi lose to Egypt in friendly ahead of African Cup qualifiers

Malawi went down fighting 1-2 to Egypt’s national team 1 in a friendly match on Monday amid their preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Flames lose to Pharaohs.-Photo: Al-Ahram

Flames lose to Pharaohs.-Photo: Al-Ahram

The Flames will officially kick off their bid to reach the Gabon finals on 14 June against Zimbabwe’s Warriors while the Pharaohs of Egypt with face Tanzania.

Ahram reports that a first-half goal by midfielder Ahmed Hassan Mekky gave the Egyptians an early lead, before striker Mohamed El-Gabbas increased the lead directly after the second half start.

Malawi fought fiercely to restore the balance, but they only managed to hit the net once on the hour mark.

Missing both Ahly and Zamalek players who had continental commitments with their clubs on Sunday, Egypt’s Argentian coach Hector Cuper relied on a second string team against Malawi.

In the 19th minute, a blunder from Malawi defender put the ball in the path of Haras El-Hodoud midfielder Ahmed Hassan Mekky who tapped home from close range to give the hosts an early lead.

Three minutes after the break, Wadi Degla striker Mohamed El-Gabbas cleverly snatched the ball from the opponents’ defenders to add the second goal with a powerful shot from inside the area.

Midfielder John Banda scored Malawi’s only goal on minute 63, as he quickly skipped past Egypt defenders to score from a close range.

Malawi is in Group L comprised of Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Guinea. The Flames host the Warriors of Zimbabwe this Saturday, in the opener for the qualifiers, whereas Egypt are in Group G comprising teams such as Tanzania and Nigeria, among others.

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Bristol
Guest

I wonder comments by many on this column. Malawi lost. The truth of the matter is that whether Friendly Games or competitions, Flames should try to win to improve their skills and also on FIFA Ranking. The problems that I have is that the team is good when in real sense it has lost. Competence of a team is measured by beating other teams and not how you play.

Man P Chitsa
Guest

hahaha a Malawi anzanga musandipangitse kukutukwanani.
mongoti ma diffender sali bwino nanga ma strikers akuchinya ?
nanga inu anakuletsani nndani kukhala ma diffender hahaa mxiiiiii ? kuyamikila kumakuvutani agalu . titati taichinyanso Egypt munena kuti tagwela , more coaches are within your minds but are useless , leave the coach alone . shatapu ndisadzamvenso zopusa zanuzi !!!

Goweni
Guest

Coach Mwagwila ntchito koma tikonze pena ndi pena

kamfana
Guest

Kodi Ishmael Thindwa mumamusiyiranji?He is a good Striker as well.Sharpen the DEFENCE & the upfront.Bravo Flames!!! Away game 2-1 is better.

wissy
Guest

That is not very bad but defense ikonzedwe.

Tata
Guest

team yathu ya Malawi ili bwino koma kumbuyo sikuli bwino chonde ma coach if you want to make us proud konzani kumbuyoku LUCKY MALATA ndi LIMBIKANI MZAVA khalanawoni pansi chonde chifukwa John Lanjesi ndi Yamikani Fodya zikuwoneka kuti ali bwino

Chilungamo
Guest

I disagree with those of you that say the friendly was illtimed no I football it doesn’t many times work like that infact there will be an easy continuity and yes they may be tired but when they are in the field they will catch up easily

kaya
Guest

Weldone,loosing to oversize team with 2-1 ndi mphamvu.kwaine ngati wodziwa football TIKONZE KUMBUYO KWA FLAMES OTHERWISE PALIBE CHOLONGOSOKA.MALINGA NDI REPORT ZIGOLI ZINABWERA CHIFUKWA CHA OTCHINGA KUMBUYO.COACH YESANI ENA,TATOPA NDI UCHISILU WA KUMBUYO KWA TEAM YATHU,CHONDE COACH CENTRAL DIFFENDERS SAKUTHANDIZA PEZANI ENA,MA PLAYER NDIAMBIRI.MUKATI MUSAKONZE KUMBUYO COACH YAKO YATHA BASI,SALAR YAKO NDI MISONKHO YANGA.ONCE AGAIN WELDONE and KEEP IT UP.GOODLUCKY

Chenda
Guest

Basing on the team’s usual performance, there is tremendous improvement as we consider away games and best wishes should go to the Frames.

Wit marley
Guest

Malawi team bunch of loser

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