Malawi defeat to Algeria shatters Africa Cup hopes

Malawi national football team have themselves under enormous pressure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after losing to Algeria 2-0 at home, Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday October 11.

Ng'ambi in possesion of the ball....Jeromy Kadewere
Ng’ambi in possesion of the ball….Jeromy Kadewere
Silence. after Malawi conceded a goal ..Jeromy Kadewere.
Silence. after Malawi conceded a goal ..Jeromy Kadewere.
Tough luck ! Dejected Flames after the game.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Tough luck ! Dejected Flames after the game.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Gaba started on the bench...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Gaba started on the bench…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Malawi coach Chimodzi and his assitant Jack Chamangwana...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Malawi coach Chimodzi and his assitant Jack Chamangwana…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Walk to the field of play....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Algeria bench....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Algeria bench….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Victory before a capacity 30,000 crowd at Kamuzu Stadium lifted Group B leaders Algeria to nine points from three matches after defeating Ethiopia and Mali last month.

Another win over Malawi in Blida Wednesday would guarantee the 1990 African champions a top-two finish and a place among the 16 finalists.

The Flames started giving false hopes that they would tame Africa’s highly ranked team in the first eight minutes.

But the ghosts came back to haunt after conceding in the 10th minute through  Qatar SC  central defender Rafick Halliche who powered home from a corner kick.

In the 30th minute Robin Ngalande connecting a good cross from Atusaye Nyondo but the goalkeeper Adrien Adi Rais Mbolhi denied the Flames an equaliser with a brilliant close ranger save.

Two minutes late Ngalande missed another opportunity attracting a cacophony of boos from disappointed fans.

Chiukepo Msowoya, who was handed a rare start for the Flames after being recalled to the national, also had his fair share of misses.

Msowoya failed twice to inside the 18-yard box towards the end of the first half.

Malawi attacked for much of the second half and came closest to equalising when captain and midfielder Joseph Kamwendo struck a post.

Flames coach Young Chimodzi substituted Atusaye Nyondo for Frank Banda then Chiukepo for Gastin Simkonda.

Out of form South Africa based professional Gabadinho Mhango substituted for fellow PSL professional Ngalande.

But Malawi failed to make the most of the chances as they let Algeria’s pedigree outshine them with a second late goal scored by substitute defender Eddine Djamel Mesbah who plays for Italian Seria A team Sampdoria.

In another Group B game Mali, who beat Malawi 2-0 in, cemented its second position after beating Ethiopia by the same margin to collect six points from three games.
Malawi  squad
MacDonald Harawa, Bashir Maunde, Francis Mlimbika, Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda, Chimango Kayira, Robert Ng’ambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Robin Ngalande (Gabadinho Mhango) Atusaye Nyondo, (Gastin Simkonda), Chiukepo Msowoya (Frank Banda).

Algeria Squad
Adrian Rais Mbolhi, Guiseppe Medin Lacen, Ghoulam Faouzi, Aissa Mandi, Rafik Halliche, Riyad Mahrez, Cherif Ishak Belfodil, Sofiane Feghouli, Eddine Nasr Yacine Brahim, Carl Medjani, Nabil Bentaleb.

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Elisah Galilea
6 years ago

Flames inatha

iqbal
iqbal
6 years ago

ALLAHU AKBAR, by the grace of Allah, we shall punish Malawi 5-0 in Algeria. we have not forgotten the 3-0 you did to us, INSHALLAH

Mnkhulang'ona
Mnkhulang'ona
6 years ago

Slow in attacking,Chiukepo should be dropped…

Truck
Truck
6 years ago

Malawi played very well but they missed their chances to score but next Match once you have find changes we must score in the second half Malawi dominated the Ground so don’t lose hope we can still beat Algeria keep it up Guys.MALAWI MOTO!

Gogo
Gogo
6 years ago

I heard that the players had a moutain meal of mugayiwa &utaka b4 the game,so how can they run and win the game.Again they were kneeling b4 there fellow players to show respect which Late Kamuzu taught them,so how can they win.Again the flames were all dwarfs compared to there fellow gaints.

Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
6 years ago

I agree with Bomanile,
The boys put in a grand fight, but the finishing was a problem…Unfortunately it’s the finishing that matters. Usually when you miss a lot of chances you end up getting punished later. Need more work up front. By the way, why was Gaba brought in last 10 minutes? Possibly the coaches know better.

Concerned
Concerned
6 years ago

ndimo vikuwila usange mcharo mukusankha mitundu.thank u God.

Mr.Bambo
Mr.Bambo
6 years ago

You are very right Bongololo.This team ingakuphe ndi High blood pressure.

Stocker
Stocker
6 years ago

1.2.3 – 1.2.3 viva algerie
our team can do best what it did in malawi
but the malawi team is also a very strong

Ras
Ras
6 years ago

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