Chinsinsi Maonga and Willard Tathedwa scored in each half to inspire Malawi Under-17 National Team to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Botswana in the 2017 Cosafa Cup Youth Championship at the Stade ST. Francis Xavier in Mauritius on Saturday morning.
The win leaves the Junior Flames on position one, with Mauritius coming on second position following their 1-nil victory over Zimbabwe.
According to Cosafa website, Malawi had the lead on 15 minutes when Maonga’s shot was only half-stopped by Botswana goalkeeper Lesang Senne, and the ball trickled over the line.
Chances came at both ends, but it was Malawi who deservedly doubled their advantage when Tathedwa netted with a fine finish.
The tournament got underway on Friday when Zambia recorded the biggest win by thumping Madagascar 7-1 before South Africa’s 3-1 victory over Mozambique.
Malawi, with the youngest squad at the tournament, will play their second game on Monday against Zimbabwe.
A win over the Junior Warriors will see Malawi qualifying into the semi-final of the competition for the second time in a row.
The Junior Flames were runners up last year. They won the tournament in 2001 when it was hosted at their own backyard.
On Sunday, high flying Zambia will be hosted by South Africa before Mozambique play host to Madagascar in the second match of the group B.
The competition has been played in various guises since the first in 1994 that was won by South Africa on home soil with a 2-1 victory over Mozambique in the final.