By Arkangel Tembo
Mali survived the sending-off of goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to defeat Malawi 2-0 on Sunday in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B qualifier in Bamako.
Despite goalkeeper Samassa shown the red card in the second half soon after striker Bakary Sacko from English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers had scored for the Eagles.
Another French Ligue 1 footballer, striker Cheick Tidiane Diabate from leaders Bordeaux, assured a home victory with a stoppage-time goal.
The result means that the Flames are on the tail of Group B while Algeria top the slot seconded by Mali then Ethiopia.
The Flames striking force which was comprised of Robin Ngalande and Chiukepo Msowoya struggled to break down the Malian defence and it was the home team who looked the more threatening side.
Coach Young Chimodzi used a defensive system with Francis Mlimbika, Harry Nyirenda, John Lanjesi, Limbikani Mzava and Lucky Malata.
The Flames focus now is on Wednesday’s encounter against Ethiopia at Kamuzu Stadium, while Mali are away to 1990 African champions Algeria. Mana