Malawi’s dream of qualifying for 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco was put to a major doubt

Young Chimodzi opted for a
4-4-2 formation, with Macdonald
Harawa in goals, Bashir Maunde,
Harry Nyirenda, Limbikani Nzava
and Francis Mulimbika were in
defence.
Chimodzi fielded Joseph
Kamwendo, Robert Ng’ambi,
Chimango Kayira and Robin
Ngalande in the mid field while
Chiukepo Msowoya and Atusaye
Nyondo were the two front men
for the hosts,
Algeria relied on Mbolhi Adrien,
Lacen Gossip, Ghoulam Faouzi,
Mandi Aissa, Halliche Rafik,
Mahrez Riyad, Belfodil Cherif,
Feghouli Sofiane, Brahim Eddine,
Median Carl and Bentaleb Nabil.
Flames in action against Algeria
The visitors enjoyed possession
in the entire first half no wonder
Rafik opened their lead through
a header following a defensive
relapse by Flames defenders,1-0.
The hosts were struggling to
settle in as they found it very
difficult to unlock Algeria’s
defence which was led by Faouzi,
Aissa, Gossip and Rafik.
The Desert foxes were better, no
wonder Malawi opted to play
inside their half. The host’s first
chance of the match came after
28 minutes through Ngalande,
whose shot was well saved by
Mbolhi.
Msowoya then missed two clear
chances, firing wide, much to the
disbelief of the home fans and
that was all for the half.
Come second half, Malawi
approached the game with
anger, as Kamwendo, Ngalande,
Ng’ambi and Msowoya pressed
very harder, searching for an
equalizer but Algeria’s defence
was too stubborn to unlock.
Msowoya fired wide again
before being substituted for
Frank Banda.
Ineffective Nyondo was
substituted for Gasten Simmons
while Gabadinho Mhango came
in for Ngalande.
18 minutes into the half,
Simmons combined well with
Banda and Kamwendo only to be
denied by
the post.
Banda then had his shot saved
by Mbolhi who was outstanding
throughout the match.
The clock was ticking in favour of
the visitors who were too good
in all the departments.
Just when everybody thought the
game will end that way, Algerians
put the game to bed by scoring
in the additional minutes
through substitute Messiah
Djamel Eddine.
Harawa was at fault for allowing
a lose ball to find the back of the
net, 2-0 and that was the last
kick in the match.
Algeria are topping the group
with 9 points from their 3 games
while Malawi is third with 3
points from 3 games.
In other group B match, Mali
defeated Ethiopia 1-0 in Addis
Ababa to put their qualification
campaign back on track. This
result means Mali is second with
6 points from 3 games.
Malawi will face Algeria on
Wednesday in Algeria and the
team leaves for Algeria on
Sunday afternoon.
A win is a must for Chimodzi’s
boys if they are to make it for
Morocco.

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