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Cosafa Cup: Malawi depart it late to shock Comoros

A late strike from Chirwa ensured the Flames are by to the Plate ultimate, the place they are going to meet Bafana Bafana on Friday afternoon

The battle for a spot within the 2019 Cosafa Cup Plate ultimate spot obtained underway on Tuesday night when Comoros confronted Malawi at Princess Magogo Stadium.

their earlier matches, the Islanders beat Mauritius and drew towards Eswatini in Group A to achieve the knockout phases for the primary time within the regional match, however they misplaced 2-Zero to defending champions Zimbabwe within the quarterfinals.

Coach Meck Mwase’s troops completed their Group B assignments with out a defeat, drawing as soon as towards Mozambique while bagging wins over Seychelles and Namibia, however couldn’t proceed with their very good run as they misplaced to Zambia on penalties within the final eight.

Regardless of a sluggish begin by either side within the early phases of the competition, Frank Mhango discovered area within the Comoros defence to unleash a strong shot, which was parried away by goalkeeper Fahadi Mohamed within the ninth minute.

The primary 15 minutes noticed the Flames pushing arduous to get an early objective, and compelled Mohamed to provide three saves earlier than the Bidvest Wits striker tried an acrobatic shot at objective within the 19th minute, however Mhango couldn’t bother Mohamed between the posts.

Within the 23rd minute, Gerald Phiri Junior had an opportunity to interrupt the impasse from a set-piece, however he was denied by the woodwork with Mohamed crushed.

Proper within the half-hour mark, Richard Mbulu would lastly make it 1-Zero for Malawi after changing John Banda’s supply with a strong header to beat Mohamed.

Regardless of their complete dominance of the proceedings, Malawi couldn’t double their lead as they headed to the tunnel main by a solitary objective.

After their return for the second stanza, former Jomo Cosmos participant Miciam Mhone got here shut to creating it 2-Zero within the 49th minute however noticed his well-taken shot crusing inches huge.

Nevertheless, the Islanders would capitalise on a lapse of focus on the a part of the Malawians within the 60th minute by Elhaddad Hachim’s superb strike, which deflected to beat Brighton Munthali, making it 1-1.

As Malawi seemed for a direct response, Mbulu failed to attach with Phiri Junior’s supply from a free kick and it went over the cross-bar.

Within the ultimate 10 minutes of the conflict the Flames piled strain on their counterparts, however poor choices within the ultimate third allow them to down.

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With the 2 nations seemingly heading to a penalty shoot-out, Malawi discovered the again of the web within the 90th minute courtesy of substitute Chikoti Chirwa.

Ensuing from the 2-1 win, Malawi will now face hosts South Africa within the Plate ultimate at Moses Mabhida Stadium after coach David Notoane’s facet defeated the Cranes of Uganda within the first semifinal on the similar venue.

 

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