Malawi, Kenya draw blank in World Cup qualifiers

The Malawi national football team held hosts Kenya to a barren draw in Nairobi as both sides opened their group campaign for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Despite the absence of four key players including skipper Peter Mponda and top scorer Chiukepo Msowoya, Elvis Kafoteka and Esau Kanyenda, the Flames gave up a spirited performance.

“They (Stars) were static and our boys played better. We had more control and created better chances though we could not get a goal am very happy,” Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri told SuperSport.

Malawi and Kenya are in Group F which also has Namibia and Nigeria.

Malawi defender Foster Namwela clears the shot from Kenya's Mandela Onyango as goalkeeper Simplex Nthala reaps . Photo credit Car de Souza/AFP

Namibia and Nigeria their campaign on Sunday.

And Malawi will be hosting the Super Eagles (Nigeria) next week.

“We are playing Nigeria at home and with this qualification format, Nigeria will sweat. These are all young boys and when you see the way they played today, you know that we will be ready for the Super Eagles next week.”

Phiri is confident his charges will march on.

“It’s a fair group and we think we have a good chance,” said Phiri.

“We are not afraid of Nigeria because we have played bigger teams and beaten them. The likes of Egypt and Ivory Coast and even beaten them so we are looking forward to welcoming the Super Eagles in Lilongwe next weekend.”

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