Down to the wire

Flames got a vital 1-0 win against South Sudan away in Khartoum on Wednesday afternoon to remain in contention for 2022 AFCON qualification.

Uganda and Burkina Faso played out a goalless draw in Kampala, meaning the latter have qualified with nine points leaving Uganda, with 8 points, and Malawi with seven points, to battle for the remaining slot in group B.

Malawi need a win at all cost to qualify while a draw will be enough for Uganda. Bottom placed South Sudan are out of contention as they have three points.

At the El Hilal Stadium in Khartoum, a 47th minute Gerald Phiri Jnr’s corner kick was deflected into the net for the only goal of the match as Flames collected their first maximum points on the road.

With winger Peter Banda having a game of his life, the Flames would have scored two more goals in the closing stages but Gabadinho Mhango and debutant Francisco Madinga missed clear chances.

Coach Meck Mwase was over the moon with the result and said:

 “We told ourselves that this is a do or die game and I would like to thank the boys for working very hard. It was too hot here but they worked hard to get the three points.”

“The three points that we have collected today have given us the chance to qualify. Now we have to finish the job in Malawi and qualify for the finals.”

Malawi starting XI:

Ernest Kakhobwe (GK), Stanley Sanudi, Charles Petro, Limbikani Mzava (C), Precious Sambani (Dennis Chembezi 86’), John CJ Banda, Gerald Phiri, Peter Banda (Robin Ngalande 92’), Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu (Rafik Namwela 83’), Khuda Muyaba (Francisco Madinga 83’).


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