The Malawian national team, “the flames” are one step closer to advance to the quarter finals of the Cosafa cup in Namibia after beating Mauritius one nil on Tuesday night.
The talking point of the last night’s game was the scorer of the winning and lonely goal, Miracle Gabeya who scored on his birthday. Gabeya was born on 14th June 1996. He was also chosen as the man of the match on this day.
After the game, flames coach Ernest Mtawali said his team’s destiny at the Cosafa Cup is in their own hands as they prepare to face the log leaders, Lesotho in a group B match tomorrow.
“This will be a deciding match against Lesotho, if we slip up then we are out of the tournament”, said Mtawali.
Malawi and Lesotho are tied at six points from two games each but Lesotho have a superior goal difference, meaning Flames need a win at all cost tomorrow to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Mtawali has won their two opening matches, they beat Angola 3-0 and Mauritius 1-0 on Tuesday.
“We played very well today. We kept possession and did not lose balls unnecessarily like in previous matches. Even though we struggled to score but we won and stayed at par with the group winners”, said Mtawali.
The coach further said that the team will maintain the same spirit they showed against Mauritius to secure that important quarter final berth.
“The team played their hearts out, their performance was exceptional and I am sure they will take it to the next stage. I salute Gabeya who scored on his birthday, and Gerald Phiri Junior who delivered the killer corner kick that set up Gabeya for their contribution to the Flames win.
Malawi and Lesotho have met seventeen times, the flames have won twelve times, lost twice and they have drawn three times.