Malawi ational football team, the Flames, road to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa took a big knock on Wednesday they were beaten 2-3 by Chad in in N’djamena in the first leg of the the qualifiers.
Chad scored first through France based Mahamat Labbo in the 38th minute but Malawi replied when Supersport United striker Atusaye Nyondo converted a penalty in 42th minute .
Egypt-based Djime Leger restored Chad’s lead late in the first haf. Leger came in the scoring picture against 10 minutes into the second half.
The Spain based teenage striker Robin Ngalande aided Atusaye to have the brace.
Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri put a braveface saying “all is not lost for Malawi though.”
Kinnah said the Flames “still have the second leg to come at home and could progress with a big win at Kamuzu Stadium when the sides meet again.”
He said Malawi have an away goal advantage and that they would only need to ease out Chad with a goal to nothing to progress.
The return match is on on June 17.
The Flames featured a relatively new side with youthful players, most of them making international debuts.
However, the coach said he was “very satisfied” with the performance of his charges.