MBABANE ( Malawi NewsNow) –Malawi national football side, the Flames , were on Sunday held to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Swaziland in their 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier match away in Swaziland.

The Flames raised false hopes as they started brightly, but found themselves frustrated after their lead twice was cancelled by the hosts.

Malawi scored the opening goal in as early as eight minutes through Gerald Phiri Jnr but Swaziland equalized in the 17th minute of the first half.

The Ernest Mtawalid coached side took the lead again midway into the first half through a bicycle kick from Chiukepo Msowoya with a beautiful assist by Robin Ngalande..

First half ended 2-1 in favour of the visiting Flames.

The home side looked a rejuvenated side in the second half and piled pressure on the Flames defence comprising off Yamikani Fodya, John Lanjesi, Captain Limbikani Mzava and Stanly Sanudi

The Swazi’s finally punished the Flames midway into the second half to force the game into a 2-2 draw.

Flames coach Ernest Mtawali brought in Isaac Kaliati for John Banda and Chawanangwa Kawonga for Yamikani Chester who had come in as a substitute in the first half.

The changes never paid any dividends until the referee blew the final whistle.

Mtawali said he was disappointed with the result, saying the players allowed two silly goals which he due to loss of concentration.

Meanwhile, Mtawali says his side still stands a chance of qualifying.

He promised to rectify few problems he has noticed so that Flames win its next coming games.