By Peter Kanjere
The Flames of Malawi and Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes settled for a goalless draw on Tuesday to both bow out of the Afcon qualifying race.
The two teams went into the Group D contest played at Stadio Nacional Do Zimpeto in Maputo, Mozambique. gunning for a win at all cost.
Malawi wasted clear chances with Chawanangwa Kaonga’s effort producing the best in Ethiopia goalkeeper before defender Chembezi Denis saw his header going over the bar.
Ethiopia stepped up the tempo in the second half with some chances but could not find a way past Malawi keeper Brighton Munthali.
The result saw Malawi and Ethiopia lying third and fourth with four points each thereby gifting Guinea passage to the Afcon finals joining Egypt.
The Flames went into the game unbeaten in three previous AFCON meetings against the Ethiopians after having then won twice and drawn.
The Flames last year beat Ethiopia 2-1 before losing 2-0 and 4-0, both to Egypt in March this year; hence revenge was certainly the battle-cry for the Antelopes in this match.
Egypt already secured the 2023 AFCON ticket with 12 points from five games.
Ethiopia: Seid Habtamu, Ramadan Yusef, Amanuel Yohannes, Aschalew Tamene, Henok Adugna, Yared Bayeh, Shimelis Bekele, Kenean Markneh, Binyam Belay, Duresa Shubisa, Habtamu Tadesse
Malawi: Bright Munthali, Stanley Sanudi, Nickson Mwase, Alick Lungu, Chembezi Denis, Chimwemwe Idana, John Banda, Yamikani Chester, Chawanangwa Kaonga,Lanjesi Nkhoma, Richard Mbulu
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