Malawi finish 6th at Beach Soccer Afcon finals


Malawi National Beach Soccer Team has finished the 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations finals on sixth position after losing 4-1 to Uganda on post-match penalties at Vilankulo de Arena in Mozambique Wednesday.

The result saw Malawi coming out of the continental showpiece as losers in all three group matches.

Wednesday’s match was the last for Malawi, who conceded a late equaliser from Uganda in the fifth place play-off.


The loss summed up Malawi’s poor showing at the ongoing tournament, having finished sixth out of seven teams.

It was a painful loss for Malawi as they were just six seconds away from making history.

However, it was not to be as Uganda broke their hearts with a late equaliser.


At the end of regulation time, the players tumbled to the sand pitch as they could not believe what had befallen them to give away an imminent win.

In all fairness, this is the result that some would not stomach as Malawi led 5-1 at some point in the match.

But for whatever reason, they felt contented with the comfortable lead without even knowing that their opponents were capable of staging a dramatic comeback.

Luck continued to elude Malawi during penalty shootouts, with Oblen Khumbula and Martin Biliati missing their kicks.

Isaac Kajamu was the only player who managed to convert his spot kick for Malawi.

Ambrose Kigozi, Sharifu Opuuli, Joshua Lubwama and Paul Lule all converted their kicks for the East Africans.

Malawi have themselves to blame for the painful defeat after dominating the first period but wasting several chances.

Dala Simba broke the deadlock for Malawi eight minutes into the match before Frazer Watson doubled the lead two minutes later.

The score stood up to the end of the first period of the match.

In the second period, captain Sandram Saddie scored the third goal for Malawi in the 17th minute before Ganizani Mphande increased the lead to 4-0 in the 25th minute.

At a time Malawi thought and believed that they had shut their opponents, Nkuubi Brian pulled a goal back to ignite some hope for the Sand Cranes.

However, Malawi continued to dominate, with Khumbula scoring the fifth goal.

Ordinarily, the goal would have taken the sting out of the Ugandans.

But this was not to be as the match turned in their favour.

The Indian Ocean coast heat had clearly taken its toll on Malawi’s players and their performance nose-dived.

It was Uganda’s time to stage a comeback as Malawi looked exhausted.

Baker Lukooya scored the second goal for Uganda before Sharifu Opuuli added the third.

Mustafa Shabaan netted Uganda’s fourth goal before Brian scored the equaliser with just six seconds to full time.

This forced the match into extra time, which runs for just three minutes.

Malawi tried to salvage a last-minute victory through Saddie who restored Malawi’s lead but Brian completed his hat-trick with a few seconds to full time to end the match square.

Malawi coach Willie Kumilambe attributed the loss to inexperience.

“It is unbelievable that we lost the match. Inexperience cost us the match but we have learnt a lot,’’ Kumilambe said.

Uganda coach Angelo Schirinzi, who also doubles as Switzerland National Beach Soccer team coach, described the win as a great achievement.

’’We started the match poorly but I asked the boys to up their game. This is a great win for us,’’ Schirinzi said.

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