16 June 2012

Malawi/Chad: Flames Beat Chad to Advance to Next Round of Afcon Qualifiers

Flames of Malawi advanced to the next round of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers 4-3 on aggregate after seeing off Chad 2-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Malawi lost 3-2 in the first leg away early this year, months after Chad had also denied Malawi a place at the 2012 Nations Cup finals following a 2-2 draw when the Flames needed any win.

John Banda 31st minute goal and Joseph Kamwendo's 72 minute strike sealed the victory for Malawi, ending a five-game winless run this year in all competitions and giving coach Kinnah Phiri some relief.

Chad packed the midfield with Mbaiam Nekianbe playing as a lone man upfront. While the visitors gave the Flames some nervous moment with some speculative attempts, it was Malawi that went in front, Banda cutting from the right wing to fire past goalkeeper Moumine Kassour.

The goal came after Kamwendo had missed penalty awarded after a Chad defender had handled Robin Ngalande's flicked ball in the box. Chad came back a changed side after the break getting into a more open play with Karl Max Karmoure joining the attack.

But any hopes of Chad comeback were killed off when Kamwendo scored from 30 yards out with a fierce left footer to ignite early celebrations at the packed stadium.

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