Match Report: Malawi lose Beach Soccer Afcon opener

Mozambique 4 (Nelson Manuel 10′ 33′, Julio Manjate 23′, Gerson Chivale 26′) -2 Malawi (Dala Simba 9′, Sandram Saddi 15′)

Malawi National Beach Soccer team on Friday afternoon lost 4-2 to hosts Mozambique in their 2022 Beach Soccer Afcon opening match.

The match marked the official opening of the tournament and was graced by the Mozambique’s President His Excellency Filipe Nyusi.

Malawi scored first as Dala Simba caught the hosts by surprise to net the competition’s opening goal at 9 minutes before Nelson Manuel equalised a minute later.

Dala Simba Dala of Malawi celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations match between Mozambique and Malawi held at Vilankulos Beach Arena in Vilankulo, Mozambique on 21 October 2022 © Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

Three minutes into the second period Malawi restored their lead through Captain Sandram Saddi.

Malawi controlled the match and looked set to take the lead into the second period break but a miscommunication between the defense and goalkeeper gifted Julio Manjate an easy goal to make it  2-2 .

The last period was a hard one for Malawi as the boys looked tired and Mozambique added two more goals through Gerson Chivale and Manuel.

Malawi Coach Willy Kumilambe said his subjects had a good game, save for a few mistakes which he attributed to lack of experience. 

“It was a tough game. The boys played well, and we could have won the match, but we lost because of lack of experience.

“There are some few mistakes that we made like thinking that the referee will blow the whistle for a foul when it wasn’t in the eyes of the ref, and this confused us.

“Mozambique is not a tough team but they capitalized on our mistakes. Otherwise, it was a good game and we look forward to the next game against Morocco,” he said.

Malawi will face Morocco in the second and last group stage match on Monday.

Line Up

Justine Bonongwe Phiri (Eddie Jamu 9′), Isaac Kajam (Frank Mwenelupembe 18′), Martin Biliati (Arnold Lasten 23′), Sandram Saddie, Dala Simba (Oblen Khumbula 12′)


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