Flames out of Qatar World Cup qualifiers

Malawi Out of World Cup

The Malawi national football team lost the chance to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup after going down 2-1 to Ivory Coast in a return match played in Benin.

Ivory Coast won the first leg 3-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday making it a 5-1 win on aggregate.

Malawi was hoping for a turnover despite losing three key players,  forward Richard Mbulu, captain and defender Limbikani Mzava and midfielder Peter Banda to injuries.

On Monday, the hosts started on a high, capitalising on defensive lapse after failure by Peter Cholopi to clear the ball which gave Nicholas Pepe a chance to score two minutes after the kickoff whistle.

Part of the action during the game
Part of the action during the game

Looking so determined to equalise, Khuda Muyaba delivered at 20 minutes, from the edge of the box after being put through by Chikoti Chirwa.

The hosts scored the winner in the 66th minute from a penalty was awarded after a Dennis Chembezi foul on Gervinho. Frank Kessie made it 2-1.

This means the Ivorians top the group D table with 10 points followed by Cameroon at nine points.

Malawi has three points, with two games remaining, the maximum the Flames can accumulate is nine points, not enough. Mozambique anchor the table with a point.