Malawi fail to qualify for World Cup, lose to Nigeria

Malawi national football team, the Flames, failed to qualify for the a place in the final phase of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil p when they could not beat Nigeria in a must-win game played at UJ Esuene in Calabar on Saturday.

Only a victory would have seen the Flames progress in the qualifying series as they trailed the Super Eagles with two points going to the last round of matches in Group F.

The Flames managed to hold the Super Eagles in the  entire first half but only conceded late when  Emmanuel Emenike collected a pass from a free-kick to slot in the ball past goalkeeper Charles Swine in the added minute of play.

Mzava (red carded) fight the ball with Victor Moses
Malawian players  fight the ball with Victor Moses

Come second half, Flames skipper James Sangala conceded a penalty when he forcefully brought down  forward Nnamdi Oduamadi  and Victor Moses scored from the spot to make it 2-0 in the 51st minute.

And the Nigerians started partying.

Then  Malawi were reduced to 10 men in the 53rd minute when Limbikani Mzava received his second booking for a late tackle on Ahmed Musa to compound Malawi’s misery.

With this result, Nigeria are now through to the final play-off round of World Cup 2014 qualification and will know their opponents when the draw is made in a few days.


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