Malawi under 20 women’s national football team held Zimbabwe to a 1 draw in the first leg preliminary match of the 2020 FIFA world cup under 20 qualifiers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
From the kick-off, Malawi failed to utilise home ground advantage in the first half through Gladys Banda who lacked firepower upfront.
The visitors were conscious not to open their defence despite threatening Malawi on several attempts but it was goalless at the break.
In the early minutes of the second half, Zimbabwe dominated. They attacked the junior she flames and took the lead in the 60th minute when Shyline Dambamuromo headed home a Valeria Packry’s corner kick.
The goal awakened the home side. Coach Maggie Chombo-Sadiki was forced to introduce Yamikani Mhango in the 75th minute who troubled the visitor’s defence.
With 3 minutes to end the match, substitute Mhango denied Zimbabwe a win when she equalised after connecting a Glady Mhango’s cross.
The two sides will play a return match on 1st February in Zimbabwe with the winner progressing to the next round of the qualifiers.