Malawi National Football Team drew 1-1 against hosts Morocco Under-23 in a training match played Friday evening.
The hosts’ Boutduli Abdembunaij deflected the Flames’ right-back Stanley Sanudi’s power-packed shot into the net in the 66th minute.
However, with the visitors showing signs of fatigue, Morocco equalised through Handurt Humza’s diagonal shot from an acute angle in the 85th minute.
The Flames scored after Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, had made attacking changes, substituting midfielder Robert Ng’ambi and defender Peter Cholopi for Dalitso Sailesi and Chikoti Chirwa, respectively.
However, Malawi could not preserve the lead.
Yet, the start to the game was promising for the Flames.
Malawi had the possession and penetration through strikers Gabadinho Mhango and Richard Mbulu but the final touch lacked.
The Flames invited the visitors by playing too deep in a 4-4-2 formation with Ennessyri Yousef missing a scoring opportunity for Morocco in the first-half.
Morocco threatened in the early stages, taking four shots on target against none for Malawi. Goalkeeper Charles Swini saved Yousef’s free kick.
Mhango eventually received a yellow card for a foul on his opponent. The first-half ended 0-0.
When play resumed, the substitutions gave the Flames some life in attack.
It was van Geneugden’s eighth game in charge of the Flames, winning once, drawing four times and losing thrice.
Malawi will also meet Togo on Monday in the final match of the training tour.
Malawi and Morocco will meet next year in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Malawi’s starting XI: Swini, Stanley Sanudi, Cholopi (Chirwa), Limbikani Mzava, Denis Chembezi, Frank Banda, John Banda, Ng’ambi (Sailesi), Gerald Phiri junior, Mhango, Mbulu.
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