2-1: Historic win for Malawi against Zimbabwe

Malawi cruised to a historic 2-1 win over Zimbabwe at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam to relaunch their hopes of reaching the round of 16, a milestone achievement in their third Africa Cup appearance.

Ishmael Wadi advanced to Zimbabwe in the 38th minute, but a double by Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango (43′ and 58′) turned the score around and allowed Malawi to collect their first three points in group B after losing to Guinea on their debut ( 1-0).

Senegal and Guinea itself lead the table with 4 points after drawing earlier today (0-0) in the match that opened the second day of this league.

Zimbabwe, which has already lost to Senegal (1-0), is at the bottom without any points to their credit. The first two of each of the six groups will advance to the round of 16 as well as the four best third parties.

Mario Marinica, coach of Malawi, was able to dispose of all his troops after the 13 casualties with which he faced the match against Guinea, including Mhango.

Mhango, a nightmare

The striker for the South African Orlando Pirates was a nightmare for his rivals and gave Malawi the second victory in an Africa Cup of Nations final phase, after the one achieved against Algeria in 2010 (3-0), by taking advantage of a defensive indecision and sentencing the duel between two teams from the south of the continent.

However, Zimbabwe were better in the first half and were particularly dangerous from high balls into the area, wasting several header opportunities before scoring.

Experienced full-back Onismor Bhasera sent in a cross from the left and Wadi headed it over goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe.

The 0-1 only lasted four minutes, which took Mhango to finish off a deep cross from Francisco Madinga into the net. After the break he made it 2-1 when he hit the post, but shortly after the final goal came.

A defensive mistake condemns Zimbabwe

Madinga failed to control a forward pass from Mhango, but defenseman Teenage Hadebe hesitated, expecting goalkeeper Petros Mhari to come collect the loose ball. An indecision that Mhango, who had continued running, took advantage of to take the ball and score at will.

On Tuesday Malawi will play their continuity in the tournament against Senegal, runner-up in 2019, while Zimbabwe will face Guinea in this decisive third and final day of group B.