The only guest nation at the on-going Cecafa cup in Ethiopia registered a 2-1 victory over Sudan on Monday afternoon.
Big Bullets duo of Chiukepo Msowoya and Dalitso Sailesi were on target as the Sudanese saw their penalty well saved by Simplex Nthara.
Ernest Mtawali used a 4-4-2 formation, with Miracle Gabeya partnering John Lanjesi in defence.
The physicality of this game on display from the kickoff with the Sudanese coming very hard on Malawi.
However, it was the Flames who opened the scoreline in the 13th minute through Msowoya following a brilliant display of football from the midfield, 1-0.
Three minutes later, the game was level.
The Sudanese launched a stunning counter attacking football which the Flames failed to contain, allowing their lethal forward Ibrahim Salah to slot past Nthara, 1-1.
The West African side exerted too much pressure on Malawi but lacked finishing composure towards the third quarter of the match.
The Flames of Malawi restored back their lead through debutant Sailesi who capitalized on defensive relapse from the hosts to slot past their short-stopper, 2-1.
Come second half, the Sudanese were a better side as they kept on attacking from all cylinders in search for the match needed goals but Flames defence was too stubborn to unlock.
The hosts got an opportunity to equalize from a free kick from 40 yards but their attempt was cleared away for safety by Stainley Sanudi.
Chimango Kayira had his shot well saved by the host’s goalie before denying Msowoya from doubling his lead. As the pressure was too much to contain for Mtawali’s boys, the Sudanese won a penalty with five minutes to play.
Their forward stepped in but saw his spot kick well saved by Nthara to the disappointment of the home fans and after 90 minutes of play, it ended 2-1 in favor of the Flames who are now second in the standings, level on points with South Sudan who managed to beat Djibout 2-0.
The Flames’s next assignment is on Wednesday against Djibout and a win will see them qualify to the quarter-finals of the tournament but will have to do it without Gabeya who was stretched off due to an injury in the second half.