Malawi national team the flames on Saturday thrashed Mali 2-0 to keep its dream of qualifying to 2015 African Cup of Nation (AFCON) to be played in Equatorial Guinea alive.
Malawi coach Young Chimodzi made few changes from the previous squared which lost to Algeria last month both home and away.
With the inclusion of two Veterans in the squad by the name of Fitcher Kondowe and Esau Kanyenda, the flames started the game in good note, creating several scoring opportunities putting Mali under pressure throughout the first half.
The visiting team could not press the flames that much as they were only looking for a draw to qualify for 2015 AFCON.
Come second half, Malawi seemed not organized as the mid-field which comprises of Captain Joseph Kamwendo, Chimango Kayira and Robert Ng’ambi was not ticking giving the visitor a chance to be in control of the game.
Chimodzi replaced Gabadinho Mhango with Moyale Barracks striker Gastine Simkonda to add firepower upfront.
The development made the team to re-group and revive its anger for goals. No wonder in the 18th minute Malawi scored a goal through Robert Ng’ambi.
The goal added the anger in the players who were on rampage press Mali from left and right. The move yielded results in the 85th minutes as Kanyenda headed in a cross from John Lanjesi to make it 2-o.
Mali brought in its Captain Seydou Keita who started on the bench but it was too late to serve the sinking ship.
After the game, Kanyenda said he was pleased with the win and thanked the coach for re-calling him to the squad.
Meanwhile flames is in Ethiopia for last game to be played on Wednesday and a win will see Malawi through to 2015 AFCON to be played in Equatorial Guinea.