Malawi Under-20 Out of COSAFA After 2-1 Loss to Zambia
Malawi under-20 national football team is out of the COSAFA Youth Championship after going down 2-1 to hosts Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia.
The hosts took a lead through Goldon Mafwenta from the spot in the 40th minute after he was fouled by Henry Chiwaya.
They added another one in the second half in the 70th minute this time through Francisco Mwape.
Malawi pulled one back through Francisco Madinga in the 74th minute but was not enough to save the sinking Junior Flames from being eliminated.
Coach for the under 20 side Peter Mponda said though disappointed but he was satisfied with the performance of his charges through out the tournament.
"My boys played well we controlled the game in some moments but as always games are won with goals our friends scored two goals and won the game.
"It was a learning process for us and the players, some of them have never played at such level we've learned and we forge ahead," Mponda said.
In the other Group A match played at Sunset Stadium Botswana beat Comoros 2-0.
The results means Zambia have won the group hauling nine points by making it three out of three.
Malawi finish with four points from one win against Comoros, a draw against Botswana and the loss to Zambia.
Though second, the junior Flames' four points are not good enough to compete for the best runners up slot in the semi-finals.