Malawi, Zimbabwe play a drab draw

Malawi national team played out a goalless draw against visiting Zimbabwe on Sunday at Mpira Stadium in  Blantyre.

Chester with the ball .-photo by Kimpho Loka

The Flames are preparing for Burkina Fasso in African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, while Zimbabwe’s Warriors will face Algeria.

Warriors named a strong line-up that included overseas-based players like Marvelous Nakamba and Teenage Hadebe, while Khama Billiat was handed the captain’s armband among PSL players Charlton Mashumba and Divine Lunga.

On the other side, Flames coach Meke Mwase  made five changes from the side that narrowly lost to Zambia, with goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe, Chikoti Chirwa, Peter Cholopi, Chimwemwe Idana and Schumacher Kuwali coming to the fore.

The Flames  found a couple of big chances in the early exchanges, with Idana missing a sitter after guiding a shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy at the far post.

Yamikani Chester provided a nice pass which found Idana inside the box but his shot went over the crossbar.

Malawi kept on pressuring the Warriors in an open game and Gabadinho Mhango should have given the home side  the lead just before the break after receiving a free in the box but he too curled his shot over the bar.

Zimbabwe, meanwhile, did not offer the Flames space to exploit in the last third early in the second stanza, pinning them back in their own half.

Mwase made a double change in the 68th minute, as he brought on Baroka Fc  Gerald Phiri Junior in place of Yamikani Chester and Richard Mbulu in place of Idana.

The Warriors had to finish the dying minutes without Billiat after he was stretched off the field from a challenge, although he was back on his feet and was replaced by Ian Nekati, as the visitors held on for the share of the spoils.

Mecuim Mhone’s short was also blocked by Zimbabwe keeper inside the box.

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Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
8 days ago

If there’s an area where Government can save money is football, more especially this time around. Football as a sport needs to be shelved, at least for two years when there will be scouting of players and training them before thinking of participating in any tournament. What we save can be used to maintain Kamuzu Central Hospital, among many other facilities in the country. Football has been a drain on state resources for nothing and this can be avoided. There is too much politics, corruption and mismanagement of financial resources. Let’s invest elsewhere as this is one area where we… Read more »

Am Charles Kadulira in Chikwawa
Am Charles Kadulira in Chikwawa
8 days ago

For the first time flames played well in the in Malawi, Mwase keep it up

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