Malawi national football team striker, Chiukepo Msowoya, says he is relieved that the Flames snatched a 2-1 win over Sudan in a 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup group C match at Bahir Dar in Ethiopia on Monday.
“We were subjected to so much pressure because we sat so deep, hence got exposed every time we made a slight mistake. It was only after the coach told us to advance a little high up the pitch that we improved,” Msowoya said in a post-match interview.
The in-form striker, who has scored two goals in the last four games he has featured under coach Ernest Mtawali, was five minutes away from being a hero-turned-villain after handling the ball on the goal-mouth to gift Sudan a penalty in the 85th minute at Bahir Dar Stadium.
To Msowoya’s utter relief, goalkeeper Simplex Nthala saved Sudan’s Altif Khalid’s penalty to earn the Flames a winning start.
It was a dramatic turn of events for Msowoya who had snatched what turned to be a winner for Malawi in the 28th minute after Dalitso Sailesi had opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
“It hurt so much imagining that having worked so hard for the second goal, I was going to cost my team a win. Any way, it is all part of the game. My wish is that we should go all the way to the quarter-finals and even the final,” Msowoya said.
Following the win, Malawi went second in the group, behind South Sudan, who lead on goal aggregate after beating Djibouti 2-0 in an earlier match on Monday at the same stadium.
Malawi return to action against Djibouti at the same venue Wednesday.
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