Malawi under-17 in flying start


Malawi under-17 national football made a serious statement of intent in their quest to reclaim the Cosafa Youth Championship following a 3-0 drubbing of South Africa at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre Saturday.

There were doubts over Malawi’s hastily assembled side after 12 players were dropped for being over-aged.

However, the hosts demonstrated will power and hunger to win the game.


Their first half performance was more of individual brilliance than team effort.

Mike Thom opened the scores before Dave Tobias grabbed a brace in the second half to delight the fully parked stadium.

The victory was not without drama as Malawi were reduced to 10 men after Andrew Lameck was shown a red card for fouling an opponent but by then, victory had already been assured.


Thom’s goal came in extra-time of the first half after connecting home a Chikumbutso Salima cross.

Barely nine minutes into the second half, Tobias scored Malawi’s second goal to cushion the lead.

In the 58th minute, Tobias completed his brace with a deft finish to earn his Man-of-the- Match award.

South Africa interim Coach, Vela Khumalo, was frustrated with the result after his charges matched Malawi in the opening stages.

“This is not the best way to start a competition. We gave away a goal and it was difficult to bounce back,” Khumalo said.

Malawi Coach, De Klerk Msakakuona, said it was a perfect start.

“This is a dream start and it feels great to win. This has given us the confidence to fight to the end. In the first half, we missed a lot of chances,” Msakakuona said.

In another match, Zambia thrashed eSwatini 6-0. The junior Flames face eSwatini while South Africa will battle against Zambia Monday.

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