Malawi beat Mali to revive Africa Nations Cup hopes

Malawi Flames in thankful prayer

Malawi Flames in thankful prayer

Flames starting line-up

Flames starting line-up

Flame and Malawi match action.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Flame and Malawi match action.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Kondowe in the game

Kondowe in the game

Flames celebrating victory

Flames celebrating victory

Proudly Malawi fan

Proudly Malawi fan

Mali heart broken

Mali heart broken

Flames hopes revived

Flames hopes revived

Malawi national footbaLl team , the Flames, have rekindled their hopes to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations final showdown, which will be played in Equatorial Guinea, after beating Mali with a convincing 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.

Recalled veteran striker Esau Kanyenda and midfielder Robert Ng’ambi netted in the 65th and 85th minutes as Malawi moved to third in the group after tying on six points with Mali.

Kanyenda  lived to his  experience billing throughout the game, creating chances for fellow players and scoring he second goal. .

He headed into the net a well executed cross from another veteran player Fisher Kondowe about 10 minutes before the end of the last whistle sending the entire Kamuzu Stadium into wild scence of celebrations.

Flames coach Young Chimodzi  made two changes to the team that lost in Algeria  last month.

Polokwane City striker  Kanyenda and Kondowe inspired their colleagues with experience as they put up a gallant fight.

Gabadihno Mhango, who struggled to regain his old form was also in the starting line-up, while  Robert Ngambi  partnered  Chimango Kayira on the midfield.

The Flames  had the brighter start, opening up a number of chances, which culminated in a double chance inside the opening eight minutes.

They continued to press and had Mali  under pressure throughout the opening quarter, Oumar Sissoko regularly called into action.

Mali, who started with captain Seydou Keita on the bench after he picked up a knock in the build up to the game, opted for patience and defensive organisation with striker Cheikh Diabate isolated and closed down by Malawi defence.

The visitors were blunt in all the department especially upfront where Sambou Yatabare and Abdoulaye Diaby operated failed to make any inroads  as the Flames continued to advance on the front foot.

Kanyenda broke through the middle before combining with a host of Malian, laying off to Ng’ambi  in the area. He was unable to get his shot away and was blocked at the last minute.

At the other end, Mac Donald Harawa was kept busy by the Mali attackers, but none were able to test the goalie, who made light work of the tame efforts coming his way.

Flames slowly found their feet and began to build some ascendancy,  Kamwendo  and Chimango Kayira dictating play in the middle of the park.

Kanyenda was quick thank the coaching panel for giving him the chance to play for the National Team despite critics who said that he is a spent force.

“I thank the Coaching panel for the call up to national duty and I think I have showed that experience matters in a game of football. I am happy that we have won,” said Kanyenda.

With the victory, Malawi has now moved to 6 points. What it means is that the battle for second place is between Malawi and Mali. They both have 6 points and are remaining with a game in hand which will be played next week Wednesday.

Malawi will take on Ethiopia in Addis Abba while Mali will take on Algeria.

If Malawi will beat Ethiopia and Mali losses to Algeria, it means Malawi will qualify for Equatorial Guinea. If Malawi will force a draw and Mali losses to Algeria, still Malawi will qualify. Malawi’s qualification to Equatorial Guinea is also dependent on Algeria to help them in some sort.

Malawi squad: McDonald Harawa, Harry Nyirenda, Francis Mulimbika, John Lanjesi, Limbikani Mzava, Joseph Kamwendo, Chimango Kayira, Fischer Kondowe, Robert Ng’ambi, Frank Gabadinho Mhango (Gastin Simukonda), Esau Kanyenda (Frank Banda).

Mali squad: Oumar Sissoko, Fousseyni Diawara, Adama Tamboura, Idrissa Coulibaly, Ahmed Tongo Doumbia (Seydou Keita), Yacouba Sylla, Cheik Tidiane Diabate, Bakary Sako, Ousmane Coulibaly (Sigamary Diarra), Sambou Yatabare, Abdoulaye Diaby.

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Brian Bande
Guest

lets beat ethiopia now

Hon Dickens Chipalamandule Ngoma
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Hon Dickens Chipalamandule Ngoma

Congrats Chimodzi and ‘The Burning Flames!’

kalidozo
Guest

Good kwa good guys!

Mendulo
Guest

Flames did well not to relent in attack even when we were two nil up. This ensured that Mali did not have a chance to pressurise us in the dying minutes, as they say the best form of defense is attack. Maybe if we are leading, we can reduce the number of players committed to attack and move them to defense to ensure we are not caught on the counter attack. Flames should deploy similar tactics in Addis.

myaoweniweni
Guest

But that cross came from John Lanjesi and not Fischer, Lanjesi is the one who got the ball from Fischer.

george
Guest

imeneyi ndiye malawl

Kanyimbi
Guest

Malawi! Malawi! Malawi! Malawi! Malawi!

Mong'onyolani
Guest

Ma Frames awina chifukwa chomva malangizo a aMalawi. Malawi Queens ikadachita bwino akadachita feature Mwai Kumwenda ndi ena mapriofe. Do not practice quota system in football & netball, I warn. Also increase allowances to our young lads

matias chikata
Guest

Eyes on front,forward ever and backward never.
Frames Woyeee!!!!!!!!!.

Ronely Jere
Guest

malawi we must know that, nkhalamba zofunikira.Good Chimozi & Juck. pokumbu kondowe,kanyanda ndi nga’ambi.Thanks malawi for warking as a team.we have ahope that you will do the same on the wednessday game.

Kanyimbi
Guest

Koma achimwene mwalemba chingelezi simasewela.

myaoweniweni
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