As early because the second minute, a defensive lapse noticed Schumacher Kuwali being the primary to check the visiting goalkeeper Talbert
Marvelous Nakamba and left again Devine Lunga gave the impression to be the one gamers within the sport, with playmaker Billiat completely shut out within the centre and was introduced down 4 instances in good positions, however the Warriors wasted all their set items.
Shumba in any other case had a great afternoon.
Valuable Sambani, who troubled the Warriors from the centre, might have scored for The Flames eight minutes into the sport, however his strike went off course after a string of passes from a extra composed Malawian aspect, which has been collectively for a while and misplaced to Zambia in one other pleasant match a number of days in the past.
Gabadinho Mango, the South African high league Golden Boot winner, had his effort from a free-kick cleared away for a nook within the 14th minute.
Sloppy defending as soon as once more from Teenage Hadebe nearly price the Warriors 5 minutes later, however the deadly Mhango was penalised for a handball contained in the field by Malawian referee Reward Chicco, who in any other case dealt with the match properly.
Going into the half-hour mark, the Warriors had settled in properly, however with the midfield missing fluidity and Billiat tightly monitored, there have been no purposeful strikes on the offensive.
Six minutes earlier than the break, Malawi’s Idana Chimwemwe missed a sitter with Shumba drawn off the road, skying his effort a number of metres from the yawning goalmouth.
The Warriors’ first try at aim got here within the 41st minute, however Mashumba’s weak effort didn’t bother the hosts’ goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe.
A minute earlier than the breather, Mhango was at it once more, twisting and turning the Warriors defence earlier than he sailed his effort over the cross-bar from contained in the field.
The primary corner-kick for the Warriors got here two minutes from the break and an in-swinger by Billiat discovered an alert Kakhobwe with substitute Evans Katema on the prowl.
Malawi’s United States-based Yamikani Chester hit the aspect netting within the 62nd minute from a Sambani cross, whereas Billiat blasted the ball over the bar 9 minutes later.
Malawi: E Kakhobwe, S Sanudi, C Petro, P Cholopi, P Sambani, C Chikoti (Ok Chimango 61’), I Chimwemwe (R Mbulu, 70’), Y Chester (G Phiri Jr, 69’), S Kuwali (Mician Mhone, 86’), J Banda, G Mhango (A Maliselo, 90+2’)
Zimbabwe: T Shumba, M Phiri, D Lunga, A Mudimu (J Dzingai, 76’), T Hadebe, M Nakamba, G Chimwemwe (Ok Nadolo, 55’), T Chinyahara (W Taderera, 80’), C Mashumba (E Katema, 46’), Ok Billiat (I Nekati, 89’), T Rusike
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