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Mambas curse haunts Flames

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History tends to repeat itself. Loss of concentration is a cancer that will never heal in the Flames. It happened in the past, and Monday it happened again.

Mozambique came from behind to cancel Malawi’s 2-1 lead in added time and eventually won 5-4 to boot out the Flames in Cosafa Cup quarterfinal through post match penalties.

Malawi thought they had carried the day as the game went into added time with Malawi leading 2-1 from Muhammad Sulumba header and Limbikani Mzava penalty.

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But as fate would have it, Mvaza also ended up having the last touch on the ball just a minute later as Mozambique equalised in added time to force the game to be decided through post-match penalties.

Lucky Malata mis-cleared a ball into his net but the Flames came back from recess a changed side and pressed for an equalizer which they got in 50th minute when Sulumba rose to nod in a Gerard Phiri Jnr corner kick.

Malawi then went on to take a lead in 90th minute through a Mzava penalty following a foul on John Banda.

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But loss of concentration gifted the Mozambicans a goal after long cross from the right flank was helped into the net by Mzava.

In post match penalties Malawi started with some false hopes as they converted the first two penalties through Frank Banda and Mzava.

But Tizgobere Kumwenda and Yamikani Fodya missed before Fischer Kondowe converted Malawi’s fifth penalty and after Mozambique missed theirs, it was now time for sudden death.

Captain Malata converted his penalty but Sulumba missed giving Mozambique an opportunity to wrap the game.

Malawi now play South Africa in plate semi-final on Wednesday.

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