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AFCON 2021: Malawi comes from behind to beat Zimbabwe courtesy of Mhango’s brace

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Gabadinho Mhango scored twice as Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1 to boost their hopes of a first-ever appearance in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zimbabwe went ahead with a superb 38th-minute header from Ishmael Wadi, but Mhango equalised five minutes later with a controlled half-volley.

And Mhango put the Flames ahead in their Group B clash by dinking over the keeper 13 minutes into the second half.

Malawi sit a point behind Guinea and Senegal, who both have four points.

“We are so delighted to have won our first game in what was a tough game. We began the match slowly conceding a quick goal but that did not deter us as we fought relentless to come back and win the game.”

“After our first loss we never gave up but went back to work on our previous mistake and today it paid off handsomely and I am proud of our players for that fantastic performance,” Malawi head coach Meck Mwase said.

The victory is only Malawi’s second win at the Nations Cup, with their first – a 3-0 victory over Algeria – coming upon their tournament debut in 2010 when they exited in the group stages.

The Flames know victory over pre-tournament favourites Senegal in their final group game on Tuesday will see them through to the knock-out stage, while a point could be enough to progress as one of four best third-placed sides.

 

 

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