Miracle inspires Malawi to beat Mauritius in Cosafa Castle Cup: Scores on his 24th birthday

Malawi national football team stunned Mauritius by a goal to nil at the Independence stadium in the ongoing COSAFA tournament in Namibia scored by defender Miracle Gabeya on Tuesday night, his first ever goal at international level  and on his 24th birthday.

Gabadinho Mango of Malawi in action against Mauritius

Gabadinho Mango of Malawi in action against Mauritius

oseph Kamwendo of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

oseph Kamwendo of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

Isaac Kaliati of Malawi on the attack against Mauritius.

Isaac Kaliati of Malawi on the attack against Mauritius.

Chiukepo Msowoya of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

Chiukepo Msowoya of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

Francis Mlimbika of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

Francis Mlimbika of Malawi in action against Mauritius.

Flames Coach Ernest Mtawali named an unchanged first eleven against a Mauritius side that was comfortably thrashed 3-0 by high flying Lesotho in their opening match.

However, it was Mauritius who began the game on a high as they showed signs of improvements from their previous game.

Midway the first half, Flames hero in their opening game Frank Gabadhingho Mhango could have opened the scoring but his header was deflected off the target by a Mauritius defender.

A few minutes later, Mhango got a booking after stumping on a Mauritius player, forcing a section of Mauritius players surrounding the Golden Arrows striker.

The situation could have turned worse had it not been for the referee who rushed to the scene on time.

Soon after the recess, Malawi were in front, thanks to the birthday boy Gabeya who headed in a Gerald ‘Papa’ Phiri well taken corner.

The goal brought relief and smiles to Flames players and technical panel knowing a quarterfinal berth is on the offing if they win their final group B game on Thursday against Lesotho who earlier beat Angola 2-0.

Mauritius on the other end tried to push for an equalizer during the last quarter of the match but their efforts could not produce the goals needed.

The result means Malawi are level on points with group B leaders Lesotho but fail shot on goal aggregate. Mauritius and Angola are the two teams waiting to play for formality in the last round of games for the group on Thursday when the Flames will be lining up against Lesotho.

Flames won convincingly 3-0 in their opening match against Angola while Lesotho also beat Mauritius by the same goal margin.

In an early kick off on Tuesday, Lesotho beat youthful Angola 2-0 to maintain the top spot in Group B.

The battle of qualification in group B now involve Flames and Lesotho and the winner between the two sides in the final match on Thursday will quaify to the next stage.

Flames are hoping to do better at this years Cosafa competition and bring home the trophy after only  winning the plate section last year.

They are amongst the few selected countries that have travelled to the Cosafa with the full squad as some including Angola have sent junior squads.

The host Namibia are the defending champions.

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Bibo
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Bibo
3 months 15 days ago

Quite surprising to note that Gabeya has turned 24 and yet close to two years ago he was an under 20 player who featured for Mtawali’s side that lost to Zambia. Malawian players at their best of age transformation,not so?

Christopher Banda
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Christopher Banda
3 months 16 days ago

Yes ! the hope of reaching finals is there but let us try also PETER Wadabwa upfront!

victor
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victor
3 months 16 days ago

Flames need to pull up their socks against Lesotho. They need to win as a draw means out of the cosafa. All the best and be the first to score.

Fya Ziuluke
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Fya Ziuluke
3 months 16 days ago

Congratulations the FLAMES!!!!!!!!! Takunyadirani, wishing you all the best as you meet Lesotho tomorrow!!!!! Bweretsani chikho!!!

Nolimit
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Nolimit
3 months 16 days ago

Abale tiziyamikirako team ikachitabwino.Woza flames!!! pitilizani ntchito yabwino,mulungu akusogolereni pa sewero ena onse atsala.Koma osatinso mutayilire ayi.

Racist McTumbukaFace
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Racist McTumbukaFace
3 months 15 days ago

Tiyamikirepo chani apa. Dikirani game ya Lesotho muwone the real Flames!

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