Afcon 2021: Malawi overcome Zimbabwe to boost last 16 hopes

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Malawi celebrate a goal against ZimbabweMalawi are appearing at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third time

Gabadinho Mhango scored twice as Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1 to boost their hopes of a first-ever appearance in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zimbabwe went ahead with a superb 38th-minute header from Ishmael Wadi, but Mhango equalised five minutes later with a controlled half-volley.

And Mhango put the Flames ahead in their Group B clash by dinking over the keeper 13 minutes into the second half.

Malawi sit a point behind Guinea and Senegal, who both have four points.

Malawi know victory over pre-tournament favourites Senegal in their final group game on Tuesday will see them through to the knockout stage, while a point could be enough to progress as one of four best third-placed sides.

More to follow.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16KakhobweBooked at 90mins
  • 21Chirwa
  • 19MzavaSubstituted forChaziyaat 27'minutes
  • 5Chembezi
  • 2SanudiBooked at 49mins
  • 17Banda
  • 8IdanaSubstituted forPhiriat 84'minutes
  • 10MadingaSubstituted forPetroat 84'minutes
  • 11Mhango
  • 9MbuluSubstituted forBandaat 66'minutes
  • 22MuyabaSubstituted forChesterat 66'minutes


  • 1Thomu
  • 3Petro
  • 4Cholopi
  • 6Chirwa
  • 7Mhone
  • 12Fodyah
  • 13Banda
  • 14Ngalande
  • 15Chaziya
  • 20Chester
  • 26Davie
  • 27Phiri


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Mhari
  • 22Chimwemwe
  • 5Takwara
  • 15HadebeBooked at 29mins
  • 14Bhasera
  • 4MadzongweBooked at 83mins
  • 7WadiSubstituted forMahachiat 84'minutes
  • 17MusonaSubstituted forMuskweat 78'minutes
  • 8Benyu
  • 12KangwaBooked at 20minsSubstituted forZemuraat 67'minutes
  • 10Kadewere


  • 2Murwira
  • 3Zemura
  • 6Mudimu
  • 9Moyo
  • 11Tigere
  • 13Kamusoko
  • 16Mahachi
  • 18Dube
  • 19Muskwe
  • 20Muduhwa
  • 21Shumba
  • 23Mapisa

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Malawi 2, Zimbabwe 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Malawi 2, Zimbabwe 1.

  3. Ernest Kakhobwe (Malawi) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Attempt missed. Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  5. Tinotenda Kadewere (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Foul by Dennis Chembezi (Malawi).

  7. Foul by Jordan Zemura (Zimbabwe).

  8. Gomezgani Chirwa (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Corner, Zimbabwe. Conceded by Yamikani Chester.

  10. Jordan Zemura (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Foul by Stanley Sanudi (Malawi).

  12. Substitution, Malawi. John Charles Petro replaces Francisco Madinga.

  13. Substitution, Malawi. Gerald Phiri replaces Chimwemwe Idana.

  14. Substitution, Zimbabwe. Kudakwashe Mahachi replaces Ishmael Wadi because of an injury.

  15. Kelvin Madzongwe (Zimbabwe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Foul by Kelvin Madzongwe (Zimbabwe).

  17. Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution, Zimbabwe. Admiral Muskwe replaces Knowledge Musona.

  19. Foul by Ishmael Wadi (Zimbabwe).

  20. Gomezgani Chirwa (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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