Malawi national team the flames on Monday lost 2-1 to Egypt in an International friendly Match played in Cairo despite putting up gallant fight.
The friendly match was set aside in preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nation qualifying campaign against Zimbabwe on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre.
The pharaohs started the game on high note pressing the flames from left and right. No wonder Egypt scored the first goal in the 18th minute of the first half through Ahmed Hassan Mekky.
Young Chimodzi’s 4,5,1 formation worked to the disadvantage of flames as Egypt was coming wave after wave.
Flames tried to contain the pressure but Egypt proved too strong for them as the team increased the lead just after the kickoff of the second half through Mohamed El-Gabbas.
Flames coach pulled out Yamikani Fodya for Francis Mlimbika to tighten up the defense which lacked coordination, making goalkeeper MacDonald Harawa to be called on duty time and again.
After the changes, flames reorganized with Joseph Kamwendo, Gerald Phiri, Chimango Kayira and Micium Mhone on the mild-filed doing most of the Job but Atusaye Nyondo was not enough to break the pharaohs defense.
Midfielder John Banda scored Malawi’s only goal on minute 63, as he quickly skipped past Egypt defenders to score from a close range.
Flames tried hard to search for an equalizer but Egypt proved too strong for the flames and the game ended 2-1 in favour of Egypt.
Meanwhile Flames is expected to arrive in the country today and on Saturday flames will face Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium.