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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23 thoughts on “Malawi lose to Egypt in friendly ahead of African Cup qualifiers”

  1. Bristol says:

    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.

  2. Man P Chitsa says:

    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 !!!

  3. Goweni says:

    Coach Mwagwila ntchito koma tikonze pena ndi pena

  4. kamfana says:

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

  5. wissy says:

    That is not very bad but defense ikonzedwe.

  6. Tata says:

    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

  7. Chilungamo says:

    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

  8. kaya says:

    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

  9. Chenda says:

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

  10. Wit marley says:

    Malawi team bunch of loser

  11. A COMMONER says:

    Same defenders who dont communicate on the fieĺd of play. Coach work oñ the weaknesses of these defenders cos Zimbabwe wil capitalisè on that.

  12. Karo gaii says:

    It has bn proved that the malawi loses are enhanced by defenders blanders,coach will you perpetuat keeping them?

  13. Lenzo says:

    Zimbabwe isamale!

  14. gooluck says:

    @least flames,come on [email protected] stadium

  15. Namisako. says:

    No room for these silly blunders Coach take out these blunder prone players,they cost us fortunes.This incompetence is unacceptable.This game against Zimbabwe is crucial as it will set our pace in this competition,PALIBE ZONAMIZIRA MUTOPA APA AYI!FATIGUE YACHANI

  16. A Malawi munakhala bwanji muziyamika zinazi this are good results from Egypt mind you this was away game cilichose againest why?

  17. Hass jo says:

    I second your comment Nyamakumutu

  18. I agree with Nyamakumutu, why away game?????!!

  19. ujeni says:

    They lost 2-1 not 1-2 have knowledge of how football scores are put

  20. njanji says:

    come on zimbabwe! udzalila chakwanu

  21. Nyamakumutu says:

    I said it that the friendly was wrongly planned. How can you do an away game when you will play at home. The players will be very tired by Satuday with jet lag giving an advantage to the visiting Zimbabwe. You would have done that while going to Guinea and not what you have done. Play that the boys whole come home on time other wise it was a worst of time and resources.

  22. Black market says:

    That blunder must have come from Malata or Mzava. Coach this is unacceptable.

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