AFCON 2021 Qualifiers:
- Group B): Malawi 1-0 South Sudan
- Group E: CAR 2-0 Burundi
The Malawi Flames started the AFCON 2021 qualifiers with a slim hard fought 1-0 win over visiting South Sudan in an AFCON 2021 group B qualification match on Wednesday.
Orlando Pirates forward Gabadinho Mhango scored the lone strike in the 67th minute.
Mhango picked up a pass from Gerald Phiri Jr before beating two defenders inside the area and then fired home a fierce shot that South Sudan keeper Majak Mawith.
It was however a difficult game for Malawi as they struggled to find any fluidity early in the game.
South Sudan will draw some positives from the match as they twice were denied by the woodwork.
Meanwhile, the two other countries in Group B Burkina Faso and Uganda will tussle out later on Wednesday night at the Stade 4 Aout on Ouagadougou city.
In group E, Central African Republic outwitted Burundi 2-0.
Moroccoan based forward Vianney Mabide, who features at Kawkab Marrakech was on target for the opener.
The icing on the cake was a late strike from France-born Louis Mafouta, who plays in the French fourth-tier for RC Grasse.
Cameroon qualify for the finals as hosts but are taking part in the qualifying campaign to gain competitive match practice so just one team from Group F will progress to the finals.
The top two sides in the remaining 11 groups will all advance to the 2021 finals in Cameroon.
Wednesday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Matches:
- Namibia v Chad (Group A)
- Burkina Faso v Uganda (Group B)
- Sudan v Sao Tome and Principe (Group C)
- Angola v The Gambia (Group D)
- Cameroon v Cape Verde (Group F)
- Guinea Bissau v Eswatini (Group I)
- Senegal v Congo (Group I)
- Nigeria v Benin (Group L)
- Sierra Leone v Lesotho (Group L)