Malawi blows a lead and loses to Guinea: Afcon qualifiers

Malawi national team blew the lead on Tuesday when Guinea earned a 1-2 win in Group L qualifiers of 2017 Africa Cup of Nation played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Guinea player in a bicycle kick...Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Guinea player in a bicycle kick…Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Its a goal for Flames, Chiukepo celebrates..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Its a goal for Flames, Chiukepo celebrates..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Chiukepo (right) celebrating his goal...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Chiukepo (right) celebrating his goal…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tight marking...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tight marking…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Another bad day in office for head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Another bad day in office for head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadhan -Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Tempers flared during the game - Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Tempers flared during the game – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Dump defeat: Flames fans were silenced....Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Dump defeat: Flames fans were silenced….Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Annoying defeat for Flames at home - Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Annoying defeat for Flames at home – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Guinea did them a big favour when they produced a masterly second half show that tore apart Malawi   and helped them seize control of second position Group L.

As he has often done, Chiukepo Msowoya took the responsibility to put the Flames   into the lead when he headed in a Micium Mhone’s cross in the 30th minute.

And what a beauty of a goal, struck which sent Guinea stopper Yattara Mousaa the wrong way.

However, despite of accelerating their gear, the Flames displayed a disjointed show, as they resorted into aerial balls.

The Flames also endured a frustrating first half, as they struggled to  breakthrough.

But it was a different tale in the second period as Guinea responded in a big way by piling up a lot of pressure to the Flames, especially on the midfield where the home team lost ball possession.

Playing in front of an appreciative crowd, the Flames failed to find their rhythm giving the visitors more space to manoeuvre.

Guinea found an equalizer in the 46th minute when goalkeeper Bright Munthali failed to clear the ball over the bar that saw  Mohamed Yattara  shot in the net as an equalised just before half-time.

The partisan home fans thought their team will come flat-out in the second half, oops! Guinea breathed fire and  they pushed on, securing an excellent away victory through Idrissa Sylla’s 60th-minute goal.

The goal was a result of poor timing by young Munthali in Flames goals after he failed to clear a loose ball in the box.

In the 74th minute, Guinea  goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny John Banda  from the free-kick as he dived to his right  and tipped the ball over the cross bar.

However, the visitors kept coming but thanks to Harry Nyirenda and Stanely Sanudi who were superb in defence.

Guinea are three points behind group leaders Zimbabwe with two games remaining.

Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali hinted they would need to focus on the next match and invest much in preparations before the clash with Zimbabwe  in June.

“We need to put more in terms of our preparations. It doesn’t mean that if we are anchoring the  group we sit and think everything will work automatically. So we need to prepare ourselves very well so that we collect maximum points against them,” said Mtawali.

Mtawali also said the defeat was a big blow to their quest for qualification.

“It’s a very bad result. The result is a bit embarrassing . We lost our shape a bit. Instead of playing with our heads and remaining focused we started playing with our hearts. Gaps started appearing in our defence and the visitors capitalized.

“But we will fight on. We still have six more points to play for. We will try to reach 8 points and then see where that puts us. Of course we are keeping our fingers crossed that maybe the other group results go our way,” said Mtawali.

Flames  will face Zimbabwe in Harare  in their next match and then conclude the campaign against Swaziland in Blantyre.

Elsewhere: BBC Reports ..

Ethiopia held Algeria 3-3 to prevent the Desert Foxes booking their place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Algeria would have qualified for the tournament had they beaten Ethiopia, who they had thrashed 7-1 in Blida in their first group meeting on Friday.

This time Ethiopia took the lead three times but a late penalty by Faouzi Ghoulam secured a point for Algeria.

Algeria are top of Group J with 10 points, five points clear of Ethiopia with two matches left to play.

The 13 group winners are guaranteed a place at the finals in Gabon, with the two best-placed runners-up also going through. Gabon qualify automatically as hosts.

Getaneh Kebede scored either side of Islam Slimani’s equaliser to put Ethiopia 2-1 up on Tuesday.

Aissa Mandi levelled again and Dawit Fikadu restored Ethiopia’s advantage only for Ghoulam to slot home from the spot with five minutes remaining.

In the other match in the group Lesotho were surprise victors over Seychelles.

Tumelo Khutlang struck the winning goal for the hosts, avenging the 2-0 away defeat Lesotho suffered in Seychelles four days ago and giving Lesotho their first points of the group stage.

The results mean Algeria will qualify for the finals if they avoid defeat against Seychelles in June.

Senegal also had a chance of booking their place in Gabon following their 2-1 win in Niger – but they needed a draw between Burundi and Namibia.

Instead, Burundi secured a 3-1 away to sustain the competition in Group K.

However, leaders Senegal need only to avoid defeat against Burundi in June to ensure their qualification.

Rwanda thumped Mauritius 5-0 with Ernest Sugira scoring a rapid-fire brace in their Group H tie in Kigali.

It gave Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry’s side sweet revenge for their 1-0 defeat in Mauritius three days ago.

Dominique Nshuti started the rout on 11 minutes, followed on the half hour by two goals in a minute from Sugira to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Fitina Omborenga and Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza score a goal apiece in the send half to complete a comprehensive victory.

Rwanda move up to second in the table on six points., four points behind Ghana.

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Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
6 years ago

Until we face REALITY and get rid of ‘the team’ – Walter Nyamilandu & Co – NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN! Nyamilandu is GREAT AT ARSE-KISSING FIFA CRIMINALS and very little else. Who is he now going to suggest WE THE CITIZENS AND TAX-PAYER’s OF MALAWI FINANCE – to replace Ernest Mtawali? Jesus Christ? And even Christ would fail. Is he going to bring in another ‘Tom Saintfiet’ who is now FAILING TOGO? A close look better be taken at what is happening with Nigeria and its national team failings. Nigeria’s latest collapse once again CONFIRMS Walter Nyamilandu and Tom… Read more »

Pido Adams
6 years ago

The Malawi, fa: and there players are fools.

k chigumbu
k chigumbu
6 years ago

Malawi. Let me warn you. You need to strategise and play according to your strength. You also need to exploit zimbabwe’s weaknesses otherwise you will be thrashed in Harare.

Umwana wa Mwanawane
Umwana wa Mwanawane
6 years ago


6 years ago

Even if Malawi can hire the best coach in the world still our national team will lose. The problem is our Super League. There is no sponsorship for football teams in the local league because our country have no more investors due to our bad economic policies. So the problem is money.

Bwanali Yusuf
Bwanali Yusuf
6 years ago

Flames can not do well because of the problems Malawi as a nation is facing. our players needs to be motivated to play well on the ground. I am blaming the stiation we are not players, football is a business not what we see in Malawi. Tili kutaliiiiiii kuti a Malawi tizachite bwino.

chichitike sajiwa
chichitike sajiwa
6 years ago

very sad to Malawi as a nation

6 years ago

Dissolve flames basi

phillipo Banda
phillipo Banda
6 years ago

Follow Chad by withdrawing,

6 years ago

Don’t expect any miracles for Malawi football as long as APM and Walter are at the helm of Malawi affairs. Two election thieves. The Lord can not bless Malawi

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