Malawi losing start in Cosafa Cup, fall to Mauritius

Malawi launched its campaign in the 2018 edition of Cosafa Cup by losing to Mauritius 0-1 at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa’s Polokwane.

Malawi and Mauritius players fight for the ball in Group B

In a Group B opener, Flames coach Ronny Van Geneugden led his side in search of a win over the Islanders, yet they failed to hit the ground running.

With Robin Ngalande and Richard Mbulu  in the starting line-up, Malawi enjoyed the support but they went into the tunnel trailing.

The encounter also saw an early goal when Damien Balisson got onto the score sheet in the 15th minute with a low shot in what was seen as a move against the run of play.

Despite keeping their counterparts under siege, Malawi were not clinical upfront, but they kept troubling the Islanders.

Malawi had plenty of chances to make it 1-1 through Ngalande and ex-Orlando Pirates striker Chiukepo Msowoya, but the duo fired blanks.

The loss leaves ‘RVG’ and his troops in third position on the log table and Mauritius at number two whilst Botswana lead – they both have three points.

“We have lost because we conceded too early and it was not necessary to do that. It is unfortunate that we lost. I am happy with the result but not the performance,” the Belgian said in a post-match interview.

Malawi next meet Botswana Wednesdsy and Angola on June 1.

Malawi line-up: Munthali, Chirwa, Lanjesi, Cholopi, Sambani, Namwela (Msowoya), Banda, Sailesi (Phiri), Ngalande, Simkonda, Mbulu.

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victor
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victor

Very Sad indeed ,still alot to be done and a long way to go what is happenning to Malawi Football??????

Beni Morgan
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Beni Morgan

Lucky was not on our side. We played better football only that we missed a lot of chances. I hope we will win the next game. Wishing the team all the best. Enanu mumangokhala ndi negative attitude pachili chonse. With that spirit we can not go anywhere.

Salim
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Salim

A bunch of fools,like our president.A country of fools.

ChapondaMThengo
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ChapondaMThengo

Seriously? A country of fools? Salim? I think you have gone too far Salim have some decency you owe this nation an apology you cant call us fools! Nyasatimes dont promote hate through your page, its high time moderation of comments really mean something!!!

Lamulo loyamba
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Lamulo loyamba

Don’t feel guilty man… don’t hate the fact.. that’s the way it is… Freedom of speak must be recognized..

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