Malawi Under 17 has started the 2019 COSAFA Youth Championship on a high note following a 3-0 victory against South Africa on Saturday at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
The game marked the official opening of the tournament which started on Friday.
The junior Flames displayed brilliant football through Chikumbutso Salima and Noel Sakala and they created a lot of chances from the start but failed to convert them into goals.
They found the right formula inside two minutes added time in the first half and opened the gate of goals through Mike Thom to end the half at 1-0.
They continued attacking in the second half and stretched the led through Dave Tobias, who needed a brace and he was named man of the match.
Speaking to journalists after the match, coach for Malawi Deklerk Msakakuona, who was on cloud nine, said the victory did not come on silver platter.
“It was tough game and some of the boys were playing this tounerment for the first time. We missed a lot of chances in first half, but we collected the mistakes in the second half and got the result,” he said.
On the other side coach for South Africa Vela Khumalo was disappointed with the result.
“It was not a good start off, playing with the host. The large crowd also affected my boys and they failed to perform,” he said
Malawi finished with ten men after Andrew Lameck received red card in the second half for a second yellow card.
Zambia top the Group A on better goal difference over Malawi.
They beat Eswatini 6-0 in a game played earlier.
South Africa are third with Eswatini on fourth.
Malawi play Eswatini on Monday 14 October at Mpira Stadium.