Malawi’s hope hangs in the balance

The qualifying hope of Malawi’s Africa Cup of Nations was dealt a serious blow when Burkina Faso scored a goal in their Group B qualifying match in Blantyre on Monday.

The result left Malawi in third place in the group, outside the automatic top two qualifying places. They are four points behind Burkina, the leader, and three behind Uganda, despite losing 1-0 to South Sudan.

To stand any chance of advancing to the finals in Cameroon in early 2022, Malawi must beat Uganda at home and South Sudan in their last two heats in March.

The Flames had plenty of chances to beat their visitors, which included Bertrand Traore of English Premier League kit Aston Villa in their lineup, especially in a strong second half, but could not finish.

Goalkeeper Ernst Kakhobwe also had a busy afternoon delivering a man of the match for the home side at Kamuzu Stadium.

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