The Malawi national Under 20 football team have launched their 2016 confederation of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) with a goalless draw against Zimbabwe in Group B.
A match that took place on Friday saw the Junior Flames failing to convert chances into precious goals.
Coach Gerald Phiri named Christopher Mikuwa, Azriel John, Captain Mike Mkwate, Chimwemwe Idana, Francisco Madinga, Frank Chizuze, Dickson Nyasulu, Precious Sambani, Abel Mwakalima, Hadji Wali, and Kondwani Mwaila as his starting eleven.
Zimbabwe had the better chances in the first half as Christopher Mikuwa man in goals was at his best position to deny Zimbabwe’s shots on goals by their running man Clive Rupiya.
After the break, Malawi were denied a clear penalty after their defender brought down Nyasa Big Bullets winger Mike Mkwate in the danger area but the man in control waved play on.
The second half still brought no goals for each team as it ended in all draw.
At the end of 90 minutes, Malawi’s captain Mike Mkwate was chosen man of the match a development which he said is a boost to him and to the entire team too.
Malawi’s next match will be against Zambia this afternoon. Zimbabwe may face elimination as they were also thumped 5-1 by Zambia in their opening match on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe must now hope that the young Chipolopolo boys of Zambia beat Malawi by four goals or more in Sunday’s encounter in order to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
South Africa were the first to steal the show on the opening day of the 2016 COSAFA Under-20 championships with their 8-0 Lesotho at Moruleng stadium on Wednesday in Group A.