Malawi national football team has reached the 2015 Cosafa Cup plate final following a 5 – 4 victory over South Africa after penalties at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.
A goalless 90 minutes saw the game decided on penalties, and Flames goalkeeper Mc Donald Harawa was hero of the day after saving two penalties and following three successful penalties each, it was Malawi’s Mician Mhone who first failed to convert, yet Marc Van Heerden was denied on the very next kick as the scores remained level.
Two successful penalties meant sudden death, as Ajax Cape Town’s Robin Ngalande scored for Malawi, yet Siyabonga Nhlapo was denied by Harawa as the Flames emerged 5-4 victors.
Malawi now face Zambia in Friday’s Plate Final.
Despite missing the penalty, Mhone was voted the man of the match.
Assistant coach Jack Chamangwana said he was happy with the reaction and character his team showed following the victory.
Chamangwana said they are aiming to win against Zambia on Friday.
Zambia won 3-0 against Ghana.
“The boys pressed high and disturbed the build up by South Africa,” Chamangwana said.
Chamangwana also said they will use the Zambia game to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match against Zimbabwe in June.
Malawi XI: Harawa, Lanjesi, Fodya, Malata, Sulumba (Mkanda 35’), J. Banda, Kumwenda (Ngalande 82’), Kayira, Mzava, Mhone, Phiri (F. Banda 78’)
Bafana Bafana XI: Mabokgwane, Nhlapho, Mngonyama, Daniels, Van Heerden, Lark, Madisha, Morena (Nyanda 40’), Segolela, Motupa (Ekstein 59’), Bhengu (Manyama 62’)
Frank Banda – scores
Clayton Daniels – scores
Limbikani Mzava – scores
Mduduzi Nyanda – scores
Zicco Mkanda – scores
Motjeka Madisha – scores
Mician Mhone – saved
Mark van Heerden – saved
Lucky Malata – scores
Lebo Manyama – scores
Robin Ngalande – scores
Siyabonga Nhlapo – savedFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :