Comoros, Malawi holding hope – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

When Comoros and Malawi clash in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday at the Stade de Moroni, the two will be holding hope that they can attain the match correct next year in Cameroon.

Kick-off is at 14h00 (CAT).

Group B of the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign is delicately poised with the two Comoros and Malawi holding an outside likelihood of qualifying.

Cameroon leading the standings with 8 points from four games, adopted by Morocco in 2nd place on seven points. Malawi are third in group B with four points whilst Comoros are previous with two points.

Malawi’s only win in their Afcon qualifying campaign arrived around Comoros in their very first Team B match, beating them 1- back in June previous year.

Subsequent that victory Malawi endured an embarrassing 3- reduction to Morocco away from home in September of this year and then a 1- reduction to Cameroon on October 12, also away from home.

Malawi’s most modern qualifying match was a – draw at home to Cameroon on October 16.

Comoros, on the other hand, are however to win a game in Team B and have endured losses to Malawi (1- in June 2017) and Morocco (1- on October 13 of this year).

The Comoros’ only two points in Team B have arrive from attracts against Cameroon (1-1 at home in September of this year) and most recently a 2-2 draw against Cameroon on October 16.

So it is all to play for involving Malawi and Comoros with the two their Afcon lives on the line, but they could know their destiny ahead of the come across as the other Team B game involving Morocco and Cameroon takes place on Friday, November 16.

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Malawi, Angola exit Cosafa after a goalless draw

Nelson Da Luz of Angola challenged by Himid Mkami of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Angola and Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:19

The 2017 Cosafa Cup final Group A match between Malawi and Angola failed to produce a winner, as they played to a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

In the wake of the draw, the Angolans finish their campaign at number two in the group, with five points from three matches.

The Flames started like a house on fire as they used their pace to trouble the Angolan defence, but their appeal for a penalty in the second minute fell on deaf ears.

Just after the 11th minute, the Malawians tried to test Angolan goalkeeper Neblu from a distance, but Chikoti Chirwa’s long range shot sailed wide.

Job nearly came close to finding an opening goal in the 28th minute for Angola as he received a wonderful cross from the right, but was denied by keeper Ernest Khakhobwe on the far post.

Just before the 40th minute, the Palancas Negras continued to put pressure as they probed for an opening goal, but Va saw his diving header going inches wide from the left post.

Despite Beto Bianchi’s men pushing to bag the leading goal, their efforts failed to reap the rewards as it was 0-0 at half time.

However, it was Ronny van Geneugden’s men who nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Angola failed to clear a corner and Peter Cholopi’s free header went over the crossbar.

After the 65th minute, the Angolans caused all sorts of troubles for Malawi and Va was disappointed as he beat his marker before being denied by keeper Khakhobwe from close range.

Although he was on a holiday in the second half, Neblu was called action in the 76th minute as he produced a fine save to punch away a well struck shot by Dalisto Sailesi.

The last 10 minutes saw Khakhobwe denying the Palancas Negras on a number of occasions, as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes.

Angola 0

Malawi 0

Angola: Neblu, To Carneiro, Carilinhos, Masunguna, Va, Mira, Bugos, Nelson (Paty 65′), Herenilson, Nari, Job

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Mulimbika, Chembezi, Chirwa, Chester, Bokosi (Katinji 46′), Sailesi, Cholopi, Linje, Maganizo

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Angola look to bag second COSAFA win against Malawi

Chikoti Chirwa of Malawi challenged by Jeremy Villeneuve of Mauritius during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Malawi and Mauritius at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 16:00

Angola will be hoping to bag their second win in the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup on Thursday evening when they face Malawi as they wrap-up their Group A campaign.

The Palancas Negras are fresh from a goalless draw against Tanzania on Tuesday in Rustenburg, South Africa and will now push to claim a win.

However, in their opening game, Angola claimed a 1-0 victory over Mauritius as they occupy the second spot in the group.

Coach Roberto Bianchi’s troops have four points behind log leaders, Taifa Stars, who are better off on goal difference with two compared to one scored by the Angolans.

On the other hand, Malawi will also be gunning for glory and looking to bag their first three points as they are on the verge of missing out on a quarter-final spot.

Malawi are yet to win in the tournament as they opened their 2017 COSAFA Cup account with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Tanzania.

In their second outing, they drew 0-0 against the Mauritius on Tuesday and this encounter pushes them to win at all costs.

They occupy the bottom of the log with one point from two matches so far and have conceded two goals.

Mathematically, a win for for coach Ronny van Geneugden’s side will elevate them to four points equal with log leaders Tanzania and Angola.

However, they will hope to see the two leaders losing their matches for them to qualify for the knockout stages.

Furthermore, the winner in the group is set to meet hosts and defending champions, South Africa in the quarter-finals on Sunday, 02 July.

The third Group A encounter will be staged at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Thursday at 17:00.

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Mauritius frustrate wasteful Malawi – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Innocent Bokosi of Malawi challenged by Emmanuel Jean of Mauritius during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Malawi and Mauritius at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 19:16

Mauritius held Malawi to a 0-0 draw in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group A match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

The draw sees the Flames and the Club M remain fourth, and third respectively on the Group A standings with a point each, while group leaders Tanzania have three points.

The Flames threatened first when Innocent Bokosi unleashed a shot which was saved by Mauritius goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis 14 minutes into the game.

The Club M also had a chance in the 23rd minute, but Kevin Perticots fired wide of the target without testing Malawi keeper Ernest Kakhobwe.

Jean-Louis was also called into action on the half-hour and this time he denied Malawi striker Jabulani Linje as the Flames continued to press the Club M.

The 28-year-old shot-stopper then denied Sailesi for the second time in the 34th minute as pressure mounted on the Mauritius defence.

However, the Club M were able to contain the Flames and the first-half ended goalless thanks to Jean-Louis’ decent saves.

The Flames continued their dominance in the second-half and John Lanjesi forced Jean-Louis into a save 11 minutes after the restart.

Jean-Louis continued to keep Mauritius in the game and the keeper also denied Malawi striker Bokosi five minutes after the hour-mark.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Mauritius coach Joe Tshupula introduced Laval Jesson Rungassamy as the Club M searched for a late winner.

However, neither side were able to score in the closing stages of the encounter and ultimately, Malawi, and Mauritius drew 0-0.

Malawi (0) 0

Mauritius (0) 0

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Chembezi, Lanjesi, Chirwa, Mhone (Chester 66′), Bokosi, Sailesi, Linje, Maganizo, Chinyama (Mulimbika 58′).

Mauritius: Jean-Louis, Dorza, Vincent-Jean, Rasolofonirina, Balisson, Bell, Langue, Villeneuve, Perticots (Rungassamy 80′), Saramandif (Jocelyn 73′), Eduardo (Rose 90′).

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Malawi eye first Group A victory

Francis Mulimbika of Malawi challenged by Saimon Msuva of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Tanzania and Malawi at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 25 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 14:36

Malawi and Mauritius will face off in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group A match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Flames are coming off a 2-0 defeat to Tanzania in their first group match which was played at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Sunday.

The defeat left Malawi placed fourth on the Group A table without a single point and their coach Ronny Van Geneugden will be expected to guide his side to victory over Mauritius.

Simeon Singa, who played the entire match against Tanzania, is one of Malawi’s key players and he will be eager to help his side win.

Meanwhile, Mauritius were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Angola in their previous group match which was also played in Moruleng on Sunday.

The defeat left the Club M placed third on the Group A standings without a single point and their coach Joe Tshupula will be eager to mastermind a win over Malawi.

Kevin Perticots, who played well for the Club M against Angola, will be hoping to score and help his nation record their first victory in Group A.

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Tanzania take aim at Malawi in Group A opener

Ahmed Musa (left) vs Tanzania in Uyo

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 19:00

Tanzania and Malawi will meet in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group A match at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng, South Africa on Sunday.

Nicknamed the Taifa Stars, Tanzania were invited to the tournament after Comoros declined to take part in this year’s COSAFA Cup tournament.

The Taifa Stars have been crowned champions of the East African regional tournament CECAFA Cup three times. They won the tournament in 1974, 1994 and 2010.

Salum Mayanga, the Taifa Stars head coach, will be in charge of the team in South Africa and he included Oman-based striker Elius Maguli in the squad.

Meanwhile, Malawi are one of the many Southern African countries that have never won the COSAFA Cup title, having lost twice in the final (in 2002 and 2003)

The Flames will be under the guidance of Ronny Van Geneugden in South Africa. The Belgian tactician named a 20-man squad of locally based players.

Last year, Malawi failed to reach the knockout stages of the COSAFA Cup. They finished second in Group B in Namibia.

Mauritius and Angola are also part of Group A. The two nations will lock horns at the Moruleng Stadium after the clash between Tanzania and Malawi.

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