Africa Cup of Nations

Malawi record first victory beating Swaziland in Afcon qualifier


Malawi recorded their first victory in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on Sunday afternoon.

The Flames narrowly defeated Swaziland 1-0 in a Group L game played at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Malawi had already been eliminated, while their visitors Swaziland had a slim chance of qualifying if they won on the day.

The only goal of the game was netted by Bidvest Wits midfielder Gerald Phiri Jr in the opening stages of the game.

Nicknamed Sihlangu Semnikati, Swaziland conceded in the eighth minute when left-footed winger Phiri scored with a beautiful free-kick.

The visitors found it difficult to beat Malawi goalkeeper Charles Swini on the day and in the end, the home side walked away 1-0 winners.

Despite the victory, Malawi finish fourth on the Group L standings, while Swaziland are placed second on the group log.

Malawi (1) 1 (Phiri Jr 8′)
Swaziland (0) 0

Malawi: Swini, Mzava, Chagoma, Gabeya, Mlimbika, Banda, Ng’ambi, Phiri Jr, Kayira, Simkonda, Mhango

Swaziland: Gwebu, Mabila, Mkhweli, Palma, Malambe, Mdluli, Nhleko, Tsabedze, Mkhontfo, Lukhele, Badenhorst

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