Malawi draw blank with Mafco Club ahead of Zimbabwe tie

Malawi national team, the Flames on Wednesday drew 0-0 against a Super League side, Mafco FC in a  strength testing match which took place at MDC Stadium in Blantyre.

John Lanjesi shielding the ball from an opponent...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
John Lanjesi shielding the ball from an opponent…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Joseph Kamwendo posseses the ball...Photo Jeromy KadewereThe Flames are preparing to face Zimbabwe on Sunday in Harare in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Mafco  made the brighter start with Stain Malata and Saidi Mtekama  firing shots off target

But the Flames  were then indebted to Charles Swini, who kept out Mbulu’s  header and Mtekama’s  low shot in quick succession

Chances at either end were plenty in the opening 20 minutes.

Peter Wadabwa’s shot from Francis Mlimbika  knock down was inches wide and Mafco’s right defender Zikhole Nguluwe’s  effort was brilliantly saved again by  Swini in the bottom corner.

Flames  forwards Chiukepo Msowoya  and Peter Wadabwa combined to trouble the soldiers  defence in the 38th  minute when the latter’s low shot forced Justin Kapalamula  into a fine save.

Mbulu’s  shot early in the second half was turned away by Swini  and at the other end Msowoya  pulled his effort from inside the area wide.

In this half, the Flames made several changes bringing in Gabadihno Mhango, Mecium Mhone and Gerald Phiri jnr for Joseph Kamwendo, Rafiq Namwera and Peter Wadabwa.

Mhango’s presence after being introduced was felt five minutes later, when he  set up a clear  chance following a swift counter-attack, but Gerald Phiri angled drive flashed inches the wrong side of a post and fellow midfielder Wonder Jereman, who had a grant game  was off target from outside the box.

Then Mhango was at it again when he  blazed a shot from inside the area over the crossbar and Mafco, who were outplayed in this last half  responded through defender Zikhole’s  66th-minute header.

But Flames  continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock. Msowoya  went close from long range before  Gerald Phiri   fizzed a shot wide with seven minutes left following Stanely Sanudi’s assist.

The Flames  almost snatched it in the 90th minute when striker Chiukepo Msowoya  headed Sanudi’s cross wide but the game ended goalless.

However, the Flames featured Charles Swini in goals, while John Lanjesi, Francis Mlimbika and Stanely Sanudi mounted the defence.

On the midfield, there was Joseph Kamwendo, Wonder Jeremani,  Rafiq Namwera and John Banda, while Peter Wadabwa and Chiukepo Msowoya were upfront.

In the second half, Kamwendo, Wadabwa and Namwera were substituted for Gerald Phiri, Gabadihno Mhango and Mecuim Mhone.

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