Malawi national soccer team collected maximum three points on Thursday in their second encounter in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after clipping Eritrea 3-2 at Mandela Stadium in Kampala, Uganda.
A brace from Chuikepo Msowoya and a single strike from Miciam Mhone was all Malawi needed a resilient Eritrean side which scored through Yosief Ghide and Hermon Tacleab.
Malawi took the lead as the early as the 3rd minute when an un marked Chiukepo headed home powerfully a brilliant cross from Miciam Mhone on the right flank.
In the 11th minute, the provider turned striker as Mhone long range shot from over 25 yards found the back of the net to make it 2-0 for the Cecafa guests.
Msowoya should have added the third and his second on the day in the 27th minute but his shot towards an empty net after Eritrean custodian Fitsum Kelat had miscued a back pass from his defender fell on a flood patch in the goal allowing Eritrean defender to clear danger.
On recess time, it was 2-0 infavour of the Flames.
Come second half, Eritrea came with new ideas as they kept the Flames on a tight rope but their striking force lacked composure.
Despite pressure from the Eritreans, it was Malawi which got on the score sheet again as Chuikepo’s powerful header in the 67th minute after a cross from skipper Moses Chavula on the left hit the back of the net before Eritrea pulled one back in the 68th minute after Malawian goalie Charles Swini failed to stop a cross from the right flank.
The Eritreans got their second of the match I the 90th minute when Hermon Tacleab sent Swini the wrong way from a penalty spot after r Steven Chagoma brought down an Eritrea forward in the forbidden area.
The win lifted Malawi from bottom to second place in group C with three points from two games while Eritrea are now fourth.