Zimbabwe 2-1 Malawi
Zimbabwe’s Warriors came from behind to defeat second string Malawi’s Flames 2-1 in a strength testing match played at Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Wednesday afternoon.
The Flames, who only had one player, Dave Banda who was part of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad, grabbed the lead through Noel Mkandawire in the first half.
But it was this goal that forced Zimbabwe to come out of their shell and they scored an equaliser through Banda’s own goal from a deflection before Zimbabwe’s Tafadzwa Rusike scored the winner in the second half: Rusike took a high ball down with his chest and despite the presence of a Flames defender, he fired a low shot on the turn that goalkeeper Nthala never saw.
Zimbabwe: E. Sibanda, G. Mapemba, G. Karimupfumbi, M. Mwanjali, D. Veremu, A. Rambanapasi (E. Meleka, 85th minute), T. Kamusoko (R. Zhuwawo, 48th minute), F. Vimisayi (R. Mteki, 50th minute), N. Mushekwi (C. Malajila), K. Musona, T. Rusike.
Malawi: Simplex Nthala, Harry Nyirenda, Grey Nyirenda, Maupo Msowoya, Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Davi Banda, Peter Mgandira (Limbikani Mzava, 61st min), Gastin Simukonda (Luka Milanzi, 70th min), Green Harawa (Pilira Mwehiwa, 44th minute), Noel Mkandawire (Blessing Tembo, 76th min), Chikaiko Bridge (Joel Chipofya, 52nd min).