Algeria Hammers Malawi
By Amalawi - Mon Oct 13, 9:13 am
Malawi: Malawi’s dream of qualifying for 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco was put to a major doubt following their 2 nil loss to group B leaders Algeria on Saturday afternoon at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Young Chimodzi opted for a 4-4-2 formation, with Macdonald Harawa in goals, Bashir Maunde, Harry Nyirenda, Limbikani Nzava and Francis Mulimbika were in defence.
Chimodzi fielded Joseph Kamwendo, Robert Ng’ambi, Chimango Kayira and Robin Ngalande in the mid field while Chiukepo Msowoya and Atusaye Nyondo were the two front men for the hosts,
Algeria relied on Mbolhi Adrien, Lacen Gossip, Ghoulam Faouzi, Mandi Aissa, Halliche Rafik, Mahrez Riyad, Belfodil Cherif, Feghouli Sofiane, Brahim Eddine, Median Carl and Bentaleb Nabil.
The visitors enjoyed possession in the entire first half no wonder Rafik opened their lead through a header following a defensive relapse by Flames defenders,1-0.
The hosts were struggling to settle in as they found it very difficult to unlock Algeria’s defence which was led by Faouzi, Aissa, Gossip and Rafik.
The Desert foxes were better, no wonder Malawi opted to play inside their half. The host’s first chance of the match came after 28 minutes through Ngalande, whose shot was well saved by Mbolhi.
Msowoya then missed two clear chances, firing wide, much to the disbelief of the home fans and that was all for the half.
Come second half, Malawi approached the game with anger, as Kamwendo, Ngalande, Ng’ambi and Msowoya pressed very harder, searching for an equalizer but Algeria’s defence was too stubborn to unlock.
Carried Malawi`s flag; Kamwendo Failed to break the solid Algeria defence; Kamwendo Msowoya fired wide again before being substituted for Frank Banda.
Ineffective Nyondo was substituted for Gasten Simmons while Gabadinho Mhango came in for Ngalande. 18 minutes into the half, Simmons combined well with Banda and Kamwendo only to be denied by the post.
Banda then had his shot saved by Mbolhi who was outstanding throughout the match. The clock was ticking in favour of the visitors who were too good in all the departments.
Just when everybody thought the game will end that way, Algerians put the game to bed by scoring in the additional minutes through substitute Messiah Djamel Eddine.
Harawa was at fault for allowing a lose ball to find the back of the net, 2-0 and that was the last kick in the match.
Algeria are topping the group with 9 points from their 3 games while Malawi is third with 3 points from 3 games.
In other group B match, Mali defeated Ethiopia 1-0 in Addis Ababa to put their qualification campaign back on track. This result means Mali is second with 6 points from 3 games.
Malawi will face Algeria on Wednesday in Algeria and the team leaves for Algeria on Sunday afternoon.
A win is a must for Chimodzi’s boys if they are to make it for Morocco.