Same old story for sad Malawi, walloped 3-0 in Morocco

Malawi national team hopes of  winning Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier disappeared with an all too familiar tactical collapse and a series of fielding errors when Morroco walloped the Flames 0-3 at Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.

Karim El Ahmadi (R) and Youssef Ait Bennasser (L) of Morocco in action against Gabadinho Mhango (C) of Malawi during 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group B soccer match between Morocco and Malawi at Mohammed V Stadium .-Photo Getty Images

The Flames last qualified for the Afcon finals in 2010 and started the qualifiers for next year’s edition with a 1-0 win over Comoros in June last year.

Earlier,  Goup B opponents Comoros Island drew  1-1 with Cameroon for the Indomitable Lions to garner four points to lead the poll.

The result sees the Atlas Lions of Morroce move to second place on three points, taking over the position from the Flames (who also have three points) on head-to-head record.

The winner of the group, according to the Confederations of Africa Football (CAF) arrangement, will qualify for the finals slated for Cameroon.

However, if Cameroon wins the group, the second positioned side will go through since Cameroon have already qualified as hosts.

Morocco got off to a flyer and claimed the lead in just the third minute, with Ajax star midfielder Hakim Ziyech powering into space down the left before beating Malawi goalkeeper Charles Swini with a low shot.

The Atlas Lions ended the first half in the same way they started it: finding the back of the net. This time Youssef En-Nesyri was the goal scorer, turning home an assist from Achraf Hakimi in the 42nd minute to see his side go 2-0 up.

The second half saw the North Africans continue their dominance, with Nordin Amrabat denied a strong claim for a penalty before seeing a shot on goal well saved by Swini just before the hour mark.

Morocco added to their advantage in the 78th minute, with En-Nesyri completing his brace with a powerful shot which burst through the goalkeeper’s arms to wrap up the scoring at 3-0.

The teams will return to AFCON qualifying action next month with double-header clashes. The Atlas Lions will face island minnows Comoros, while Malawi face 2019 tournament hosts Cameroon.

Malawi: Swini, Chembezi, Sanudi, Mzava, Sambani, Phiri, F. Banda, J. Banda, Manyozo, Mbulu, Mhango

Morocco: Bounou, Dirar (Mazraoui 73’), Bennasser, Saiss, Hakimi, Fajr, El Ahmadi, Amrabat, Belhanda, Ziyech, En-Nesyri

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Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

Mzungu azipita. Uyunso opemphera azipita.
Ndipo opita alipo ambiri. Awanso otukwana azipita.
Tufuna tione zina abale.
Recycled people no.
Indians nawo azipita. This country ndi lathu. Tizioneka zitsiru pamaso pa amwenye.
Clean Malawi!

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Malawi a doomed nation because it consists itself of people who can not differentiate the good and the bad, it starts with leadership be in politics or football. I cry for my beloved country but my one vote can not make a difference. In politics birds of same feathers (A & B) are still being touted as saviours.

Moroccan
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Moroccan

I think Malawi played very well and is on its way to become one of the premiere teams in Africa. The players fought valiantly against a team fresh out of the World Cup and largely composed of European players. Moroccans have a lot of respect for Malawi, it’s players and it’s people! Malawi’s time will come soon.

mouhcine mrabet
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mouhcine mrabet

It’s weird how a moroccan is coming here to account for the Malawi team loss.

Hassam Jussab
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Hassam Jussab

How can players from a top team Bullets not be featured at the maximum and u expect to win

Dingaan Shongo
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These guys afikile ku Ndende ya Maula. It has been a long time since they have wasted our tax payers money. How come Comoros who they beat when they came to Malawi Managed to hold the toughest Cameroon who successfully beat Morocco. If anything, the Coach too should go to Maula prison as well.

Duli
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Duli

Indeed same old annoying story. 3 – 0. Sack the whole team plus Nyamilandu and van G.

Gidz
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Gidz

aMaraveee ponse ponse mungolila mungodiyewa chambe. Ntau yanu izafikatso osalila. Hard luck anyamata.

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