General view of the Cosafa Trophy
Friday May 29, 2015. 19:01
The Malawi 'Flames' have beaten Zambia 1-0 to earn the 2015 Cosafa Cup Plate title in what has been a fantastic tournament for them.
Zambia started well and Christopher Munthali tested Malawi goalkeeper Swini early on. And after 20 minutes, Zambia' s Jimmy Ndhlovu saw his goal-bound shot deflected away and into safety.
After half an hour, Mukuka Mulenga glanced his header just wide as Malawi survived a scare.
Inside the final ten minutes of the half, Allan Mukuka’s shot was blocked as Malawi held firm to take the game into the half time break.
A few minutes into the second half, Malawi's Tizgobele Kumwenda missed a header after a cross from John Banda on the right. And moments later Allan Mukuka's shot hit the side netting.
Then on the 59th minute Zicco Mkanda but Malawi ahead after a mistake by Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene.
But six minutes later, Malawi’s captain Lucky Malata was sent off after getting a second yellow card for a foul on Jackson Mwanza.
Another red card followed when Zambia’s Donashano Malama got a second yellow for fouling Frank Banda wide on the left as the game became an even more fierce contest.
Zambia came close to a leveller in the 88th minute when Munthali headed wide from a corner kick. But Malawi held on during the final minutes to claim a fantastic result.
Zambia XI: Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Christopher Munthali, Emmanuel Mbola, Donashano Malama, Allan Mukuka, Kondwani Mtonga, Paul Katema, Jackson Mwanza, Mulenga Mukuka, Jimmy Ndhlovu.
Malawi XI: Charles Swini, John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Luckly Malata, Zicco Mkanda, John Banda, Tizgobele Kumwenda, Chimango Kayira, Lambikani Mzava, Miciam Mhone, Gerald Phiri.