Malawi knocks Namibia out of Cosafa Cup

29 May 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors were on Tuesday knocked out of the 2019 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Malawi at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
In a game of two halves, Namibia were the first to settle and control proceedings, with Llewelyn Stanley missing the target from an Absalom Iimbondi’s effort in the second minute.
Gabadinho Mhango was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Namibia defender Charles Hambira in the 12th minute.
Striker Joslin Kamatuka was the next to threaten after getting a through pass from Iimbondi, but his effort was parred for a corner kick in the 14th minute.
From the resultant corner kick, Hambira rose the highest and directed his header into the top corner to make it 1-0 for Namibia.
That seemed to stun Malawi as Richard Mbulu missed following a great cross by Mhango.
However, Mhango scored a stunning goal as Malawi drew level in the 42nd minute to leave both sides 1-1 at the break.
Two minutes after the resumption, Malawi won a penalty after a foul on Mbulu by Vitapi Ngaruka, and first half substitute Junior Phiri expertly slotted the spot-kick into the corner of the net to make it 2-1 for Malawi.
Chances continued to come and go for both teams as Mbulu, Kamatuka, and McCartney Nawaseb missed the target, leaving the final scoreline 2-1 in favour of Malawi.
The result means Malawi have qualified for the quarter-finals, where they will play Zambia on Sunday.
Following the defeat, Brave Warriors coach Collin Benjamin bemoaned his side's lack of experience, saying his players lost the balls easily, especially after taking the lead.
“We started to panic after they took the lead and opted for long balls, which was not a good solution considering the pitch was getting wet after the rain,” he said.