Malawi 0 – 0 Burkina Faso
The Malawi National Football Team played out a goalless draw against Burkina Faso at Kamuzu Stadium this weekend.
Flames coach made six changes to the team that suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Burkina Faso last Thursday.
Enerst Kakhobwe replaced Brighton Munthali while Nickson Nyasulu started for the first time on the right back position replacing Stanley Sanudi who was ruled out due to suspension.
Gerald Phiri Jnr, Hassan Kajoke, Peter Banda and Dennis Chembezi completed the list of players who started on the bench in Ouagadougu.
Burkina Faso dominated the whole first half. They outplayed Malawi midfield with physical and quick passes, no wonder they recorded five shots on target in the first half.
Malawi registered only two shots on goal in the first half Charles Petro and Richard Mbulu.
The stallions dominance continued in the second with three shots inside the box and some dangerous set peices all saved by Kakhobwe to deny the visitors a victory.
Kakhobwe performance was superb
Malawi looked a changed side in the second half with the introduction of Yamikani Chester, Chimwemwe Idana and Rafiq Namwera.
Idana had a row shot outside the box but Burkina Faso goalkeeper was alert to save the situation. The biggest chance came in the dying minutes when Mbulu’s pass from the right was nearly tapped into the back of the net by another substitute Vincent Nyangulu but his touch was too weak to kiss the back of the net.
Burkina Faso goalkeeper was lucky not to be sent off for straight red card and conceed a penalty after his foul on Mbulu was misjudged by the ref who instead flushed a yellow card to Mbulu for diving.
In another match, South Sudan defeated Uganda 1-0 to deny them a chance of topping the group.
As it stands Burkina Faso are at the summit in the group with eight points while Uganda is on second with seven points followed by Malawi on third with four points, South Sudan stays at the bottom with three points.
Next matches will be played in March next year as Malawi will be at home against Uganda while Burkina will host South Sudan.
For Malawi to qualify they need to collect maximum points from the last two fixtures.
By Erik Chiputula