Malawi under-20 national football team got off to a flying start with a convincing 4-0 victory over Comoros Islands at the Cosafa Youth Championship at Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia yesterday.
Despite dominating the proceedings, the Junior Flames waited until 27minutes to break the deadlock.
Patrick Mwaungulu was the hero of the day for the Junior Flames when he netted a hat-trick whereas Francisco Madinga Jnr scored the other goal.
Mwaungulu opened the scoring when he beat Comoros defence before finish with his right foot.
Madinga was at the right place and time to head home the second goal for Malawi in the 58th minute, before Mwaungulu added the third with a clinical finish in the 66th minute.
Man-of – the -ma t ch Mwaungulu completed his hat-trick in stoppage time with a left foot strike after he dribbled past two defenders.
The Junior Flames have three points at par with Zambia who lead group A on goal-aggregate after thrashing Botswana 5-0 courtesy of goals from Francisco Mwepu, Crawford Mwaba, Jimmy Mukeya (brace) and Ricky Banda.
Malawi coach, Peter Mponda, admitted that it was a tough match.
“I have to give credit to Comoros because they were so organised and it was difficult for us to penetrate their defence. They frustrated us. But I told the boys to play to our game,” Mponda said.
His Comoros counterpart, Francois Ali, hailed the Junior Flames for the win.
The Junior Flames meet Botswana at the same venue on Saturday then Zambia on Monday. Group winners and overall second best team will qualify for the semi-finals.
Malawi has failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition in the last eight years.
In the opening match of the tournament, Angola thrashed Seychelles 6-0 in an early kick off.
Malawi line up: Emmanuel Kanthiti, Hadji Wali, Innocent Shema, Henry Chiwaya, Believe June, Mwaungulu, Charles Nkhoma, Madinga, Chikondi Kamanga, Lanjesi Nkhoma, Wise Dinho Mpinganjira.