Flames start with a win at COSAFA

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The Malawi national football team has started the 2019 COSAFA tournament on a good note as they managed to defeat Seychelles 3-0 in a group B match at the King Zwelithini stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Flames interim coach Meke Mwase featured a strong side on the afternoon as he knew a win will keep their hopes of progressing to the quarter final stages alive no wonder he paired Gabadinho Mhango and Richard Mbulu up front to search for goals.

From kick off the flames were controlled possession of the game and were a threat when in attacking positions and striker Gabadinho Mhango squandered a clear chance in the 7th minute before two minutes later scoring a spectacular free kick to put Malawi in the lead.

The goal helped the flames to settle down as they played in Seychelles half for the better part of the first half and created a lot of scoring opportunities but were not utilized for them that at the break they narrowly lead by 1-0.

Two minutes in the second half Gabadinho Mhango made a solo run on the left before releasing newly signed Barako football club striker Richard Mbulu who made no mistake but to tap in flames second of the afternoon.

In the 58th minute coach Meke Mwase introduced Gerald Phiri jr for Duncan Nyoni before bringing in Patrick Phiri for Micium Mhone eight minutes later and the changes added energy into the team as both players showed signs of brilliance every time on the ball.

With seven minutes to end the match, the flames scored their third goal after Gaba released the overlapping Precious Sambani on the left whose cross found the unmarked Gerald Phiri jnr to put the ball into the net for Malawi to defeat Seychelles 3-0 in a match Gabadinho Mhango was man of the match.

Speaking after the game, coach Meke Mwase was happy with the win and impressed with how the boys played.

“ It was a good game. Opening matches are never easy but are must win games and I must applaud the boys for playing according to instructions.

“ We dominated and created a lot of chances and we should have scored more. But I am happy that we finally managed to score more goals today as we have been struggling lately to finish off chances.

“ This match is gone we need to go back to the drawing board to plan for the next match against Namibia on Tuesday,” he said.

This was Meke Mwase’s first win as interim coach after being in charge of three games and Flame’s first win at the COSAFA since beating Mauritius 1-0 on 16th June 2016.

It brought to an end a seven-match futile run and the flames top group B despite level on points with Namibia who defeated Mozambique 2-1 in the first game of the afternoon but Malawi has a better goal difference.

Malawi will face Namibia on Tuesday in their second group B match of the tournament.
Group B P W D L GF GA Pts
Malawi 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Namibia 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Mozambique 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Seychelles 1 0 0 1 0 3 0

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