Malawi Under-17 national football team’s chances of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations have been trimmed following their 6-2 loss to Zambia at the Cosafa Youth Championship in South Africa.
Zambia continued their dominance as they scored twice in the first half leaving Malawi destitute to register a win at the competition.
The second half gave the Zambians a chance to continue their demolition of junior Flames until Chifundo Mphasi scored the consolation at 58 and 72 minutes.
The junior Chipolopolo boys have always been a stumbling block for the junior Flames as they also booted them out of the competition at their backyard, Chiwembe Stadium last year.
As it stands, Malawi is banking its hopes on Angola on Thursday at The Oval Stadium.
Angola have not won any match after going down 2-0 to Zambia and 2-1 to South Africa.
This means the junior Chipolopolo boys lead the table with six points, while South Africa is second with four points. Malawi has a point, while Angola anchor the table with no point.
Zambia will face South Africa on the same afternoon to determine who leads the four teams.
Two teams, will battle for third-place playoffs on Sunday before the final encounter at Gelvandale Stadium.
The finalists will automatically qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations set for Morocco next year.
Malawi lost it all when they were held by the hosts in a two-all encounter on Sunday.
Initially, Malawi also managed the same result against Botswana in their opener at the competition before the latter got disqualified alongside Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Comoros Island for featuring over-aged players.
Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Angola and South Africa were paired in Group A, while Malawi had Comoros Island, Botswana and defending champions Zambia. Photo: FAM