Malawi begin Africa Cup campaign with 2-0 win over Chad: Gabadinho’s brace

Malawi national football team, the Flames , on Saturday began their campaign to reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco with a 2-0 win over visiting Chad in a match played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Flames that played Chad.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Flames that played Chad…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Gaba in full control of the ball....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Gaba in full control of the ball….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Gaba celebrating his goal with Atusaye and Chavula....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.J
Gaba celebrating his goal with Atusaye and Chavula….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.J
Bend it like Joseph Kamwendo.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Bend it like Joseph Kamwendo…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Flames technical panel during national anthem.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Flames technical panel during national anthem…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Football unite political parties during Malawi vs Chad game ahead of Tuesday's elections.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Football unite political parties during Malawi vs Chad game ahead of Tuesday’s elections…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Dejected  Chad. players....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Dejected Chad. players….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Biafra stand was packed full to the capacity.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Biafra stand was packed full to the capacity…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The hero of the day was enterprising pint-sized striker Gabadinho Mhango , who plays for Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa. Mhango scored both goals of the first round first leg tie .

He opened the scoring after just seven minutes and added the second in the 69th.

The Flames, without their midfield kingpin  Robert Ng’ambi struggled to contain the visitors in the first half, as their middle of the park was dis-organised.

Rodrick Gonani and Chimango Kayira were left with the mantle to keep the midfield boiling with Gonani as the attacking midfielder while Kayira was the holding midfielder.

In defence, Flames coach Young Chimodzi relied on Harry Nyirenda and John Lanjesi as central defenders, while Moses Chavula and Bashir Maunde were given the task to man wings.

On the right flank, John Banda was the main man while fantastic captain Joseph Kamwendo operated from the left flank.

 Flames  fan Monase Nyirongo.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Flames fan Monase Nyirongo…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Infront, the task to bang in goals was left in the hands of Mhango and Atusaye Nyondo.

There were a few changes with Frank Banda being introduced for Gonani while injured John Banda was substituted for Mecium Mhone.

, Flames coach Young Chimodzi halied his troops for accelerating the gear in the second half more specifically Gabadihno for the two goals.

“We were a little bit shaken in the first half but l must commend my boys for coming hard in the second half. We will rectify some of the problems which we encountered before the return match in two weeks,” said Chimodzi.

The Malawian supporters cheered their and celebrated in the streets all the way to their homes.

The two clash in the second leg in two weeks time to decide who will play either Benin or Sao Tome Principe.

The overall winners will claim a spot in Group B of the Nations Cup qualifiers alongside Algeria, Ethiopia and Mali.

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