WINDHOEK (SuperSport) –Miracle Gabeya’s header earned Malawi a 1-0 win over Mauritius in the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup, Group B game played at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Wednesday evening.
Despite the win, Malawi remain second on Group B standings behind leaders Lesotho who are on top on goal-difference, while Mauritius stay fourth.
The Dodos nearly grabbed an early goal just three minutes into the game, but Abel’s effort was brilliantly stopped by Charles Swini in Malawi goal.
In the 12th minute, the Flames had a chance to score from a free-kick, but Gerard Phiri Jr’s effort was cleared away by the Dodos’ defence.
Josephy Kamwendo’s powerful low shot was blocked in the Mauritius box 12 minutes later as Malawi took control of the encounter.
The former TP Mazembe midfielder whipped a free-kick into the Mauritius box in the 42nd minute and Dodos keeper Kevin Jean-Louis collected with ease.
The first half ended goalless thanks to some good defending by the Dodos’ backline, which frustrated the Flames forwards.
However, Malawi did break the deadlock just two minutes after the restart when Miracle Gabeya headed home Phiri Jr’s cross.
Jean-Louis denied Phiri Jr a beautiful goal in the 56th minute. The Malawi midfielder’s attempt from a corner-kick was punched away by the Dodos keeper.
The Dodos had a chance to score from a corner-kick, but Malawi’s experienced shot-stopper Swini was well-positioned to deal with the cross.
With nine minute left on the clock, Mauritius star Jonathan Bru’s shot was easily saved by Swini to ensure that Malawi emerge 1-0 winners on the night.
Mauritius (0) 0
Malawi (0) 1 (Gabeya 47′)
Mauritius XI: Jean-Louis, Dorza, Balisson, Permal, Rosoloforinina, Bru, Adel, Bell, Sophie, Chifonne, Rungassamy
Malawi XI: Swini, Sanudi, Mlibika, Msowaya, Namwera, Nyirenda, Kamwendo, Mhango, Gabeya, Kaliati, Phiri Jr