Flames stars shine

IN SOUND FORM—Gerald Phiri

Malawi National Football Team players made headlines after impressive performances for their respective clubs in South Africa over the weekend.

Two Flames strikers Richard Mbulu and Khuda Muyaba were on the scoresheet whereas midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior kept a clean sheet as a goalkeeper after replacing goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.

Mbulu rescued a point for Baroka in a 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic in the DStv Premiership at Peter Mokaba Stadium.


The former Mafco and Costa do Sol striker scored eight minutes to full time.

Mbulu, who has netted five goals in the Premiership this season, was excited.

“It feels great and it is a morale booster ahead of Afcon matches,” he said.


But it was Mbulu’s cousin Phiri Junior who stole the show after a good performance as goalkeeper in the last 20 minutes of the match.

Phiri Jr replaced Chipezeze following his sending off for violent conduct.

According to media reports in South Africa, Phiri took the gloves after Baroka had used all their substitutes.

Both teams finished the match with 10 men each after red cards to Chipezeze and Justice Chabalala.

The result sees Baroka placed on position 10 with 22 points whereas Celtic are 12th with 20 points.

In the Glad Africa Championship, Muyaba scored his fourth goal of the season as Polokwane City drew 1-1 with Jomo Cosmos.

“I am focusing on the Flames match. If I will be given a chance to play I will try my best to impress,” he said.

Muyaba is four goals behind leading goal-scorer Moeketsi Sekola of Cosmos.

Muyaba, Mbulu and Phiri have been included in Flames squad for the Afcon matches against South Sudan on Wednesday and Uganda on Monday March 29.

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