The Flames on Wednesday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup even with a game to wrap up their Group C matches.
Malawi beat Djibouti 3-0 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia to maintain a 100 percent record at the tournament. They will face South Sudan on Friday in their last Group C match.
South Africa-based winger Gerald Phiri Jnr put the Flames ahead 30 minutes into the game when he converted a penalty and five minutes later, John ‘CJ’ Banda doubled the lead.
The Flames were dealt a blow thereafter when striker Schumacher Kuwali was shown the red card for manhandling an opponent who had fouled him.
But despite being a man down, they held on to their nerve and got the third goal through stand-in captain Chiukepo Msowoya in the 75th minute.
The Flames top the group with six points from two games.
In another Group C match played later on, South Sudan held Sudan to a barren draw. This means that South Sudan are second in the group with four points while Sudan anchor the group with a point.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali said although he was satisfied with the result, he felt they could have done better.
“Of course, we played the better part of the match with 10 men, but we could have got more from this match,” he said.