Malawi Under-17 Men’s National Football Team will be hoping to seal a place in the semifinals when they face Namibia in the TotalEnergies Afcon/Cosafa qualifier at Bingu National Stadium today (Sunday).
The Junior Flames were held to a 2-2 draw by Botswana in the opening match of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Games Group A.
The competition is also the TotalEnergies Under-17 Afcon Algeria 2023/Cosafa qualifier. This is a must win match for Malawi to qualify for the semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Following the 2-2 draw against Botswana on Friday, Malawi are second in Group A with point at par with Botswana. Botswana will face Namibia on Tuesday.
After a 2-2 draw against Botswana, Malawi Under-17 Coach Deklerk Msakakuona said his boys are ready for to face Namibia.
“We have to work extra hard to get a win again Namibia. We have done our home-work and we are confident that we will do well,” Msakakuona said.
The Junior Flames came from behind twice against Botswana to force a 2-2 draw. Losika Ratshukudu scored the opener for Botswana in the 11th minute with a deflected free-kick.
However, Vincent Harrison netted Malawi’s equaliser on 32nd minute when he beat an offside trap and rounded off Botswana goalkeeper before a neat finish into the net.
After the break, Botswana restored their lead as goalkeeper Julius Banda directed Ratsukudus delivery into his own net.
Player of the match Mwisho Mhango equalised with a well taken free-kick from the edge of the box.
In today’s, match Msakakuona will likely maintain his starting line-up.
Mhango, Harrison, Blessings Kanowa and Banda are likely to keep their places in the starting line-up.
Two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals of the competition.
Finalists will automatically qualify for the TotalEnergies Under-17 Afcon finals.
Malawi last qualified for the tournament in 2009.