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Malawi 2-1 Comoros: Flames Win Pre-Afcon Friendly

Malawi stepped up preparations for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 triumph over Comoros on Friday.

Goals from Khuda Muyaba and Gabadinho Mhango handed the Falames the bragging rights at Abdallah al Faisal Stadium.

Comoros pulled one back courtesy of Faiz Matoour who converted from spot-kick after he was brought down in the area by John Banda.

The match is the first of a double-header between the two sides, the second fixture slated for Monday.

Malawi controlled the opening exchanges of the match and saw a lot of the ball, but they failed to make their pressure tell due to some poor passing and bad decision making in the final third.

In fact, the first decent chance fell to Comros in the 13th minute when Selemani found some space inside the Flames box, but he blazed his shot over from 16-yards out.

Ten minutes later Mhango opened the scoring for Malawi from a free-kick on the edge of the box which the Orlando Pirates star curved nicely behind the wall into the net.

Youssouf  M’Chamangana looked certain to score equalizer when Abdallah  played him into space a couple of yards out, but with just the keeper to beat the Guingamp saw the ball taken off his toes by an Malawi defender.

Malawi scored their second on 39th minute when Mhango disposed a Comoros defender before setting Khuda Muyaba who finished off from a tight angle.

Comoros pulled one back on the 43rd minute when  John Banda fouled Faiz Matoour in the box and the striker took the spot kick sending Kakhobwe the wrong way.

The Coelacanths took the game by the scruff of the neck, but similar to the first half their finishing let them down.

Just after the hour mark Khasim Abdallah came close to equalising for Comoros when he let fly from long range, but his stinging effort was deflected just wide of the target.

In the 75th minute, Malawi could have put the result beyond doubt when Zebron Kalima found himself behind the Comoros  defence, but he failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.

Comros threw players forward in the final ten minutes of the match, but were unable to find a goal and salvage a draw as Malawi walked away 2-1 winners.

How they lined-up:

Malawi XI: Ernest kakhobwe; Stanley Sanudi, Lawrence Chaziya, Dennis Chembezi, Mark Fodya; Yamikani Chester; John Banda, Robin Ngalande, Zebron Kalima; Gabadinho Mhango, Khuda Muyaba


William Thole, Peter Cholopi, Fransisco Madinga, Chikoti Chirwa, Charles Petro, Micium Mhone.



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