Malawi national team defeats Rwanda in a friendly match
APA-Lilongwe (Malawi) The Malawi national football team (the Flames) on Saturday defeated Rwanda by 2-0 in a friendly match played at Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial city of Blantyre.
The match was a test-strengthening in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers for Malawi against Burkina Faso to be played in Blantyre while Rwanda against Zambia’s Chipolopolo will be played at the Independence Stadium in the Zambian capital Lusaka.
Malawi's goals were both scored by Chiukepo Msowoya after 16 minutes and 36 minutes respectively in the second half.
Malawi's coach Kinna Phiri said during the first half that the team was somehow weak such that it was difficult for it to score.
"Our players were weak on the mid-field while our counterparts the Rwandans came with full force to put the ball in the net," he said.
He said it was only in the second half when Malawi started showing positive signs of scoring after some changes on the mid-field like substituting Tawonga Chimozdi with Robert Ng'ambi who was able to give a pass to Msowoya to score.
He therefore said Malawi needs to polish up in a few areas if they want a win with Burkina Faso in the forthcoming 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
The Rwandan coach Tucak Blanko said they were not moved by the loss because the game has assisted them to see the shortcomings for their team.
"This game has helped us to build up our team for the game ahead of us. We were now able to know and immediately solve the problems facing our players and the team as a whole," he said.