Friday Jul 09, 2021. 18:00
Zimbabwe fought back from two goals down to draw with Malawi on Friday in a thrilling Group B clash at the 2021 COSAFA Cup that is being played in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The record six-times champions rescued what could be a vital point, before west African guest nation Senegal edged Mozambique 1-0 in the later match in the pool.
Malawi will be frustrated after they let a two-goal lead slip in the 2-2 draw with a new-look Zimbabwe, who stormed back in the second half to claim a point.
It is the second stalemate in a row for The Warriors in Group B, while this was the first game for Malawi in the 2021 competition.
Khuda Muyaba put The Flames ahead midway through the first half when he reacted quickest a loose ball in the box and fired past veteran Zimbabwe goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
That was the way it stayed until five minutes after halftime when Schumacher Kuwali added a second as he stormed towards the Zimbabwe goal and slipped the ball past Arubi.
Zimbabwe pulled a goal back just after the hour-mark, with Blessing Sarupinda making it third time lucky as he netted from a rebound after Malawi goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe had made an excellent double-save.
And they were level with 13 minutes remaining as Patrick Musaka converted from captain Ovidy Karuru’s free kick for a share of the spoils.
In the later game, Senegal picked up their first win of the competition with a 1-0 success against Mozambique. In a match with few chances, the winner was scored by Pape Djitte as he netted in the second half to seal the points.
Namibia head Group B with three points from a single outing, followed by Senegal (3 points from 2 games), Zimbabwe (2 from 2), Malawi (1 from 1) and Mozambique (1 from 2).
Group A will be in the spotlight on Saturday when Zambia seek to bounce back from a shock opening match loss to Lesotho when they face Eswatini (kick-off 15h00).
Eswatini, who will be without suspended talisman Felix Badenhorst, have opened the competition with a win and a loss so far.
Before that, Botswana, who lost their opener to South Africa, will look to defeat Lesotho (12h00) in what is shaping up to be an incredibly tight pool.
The top two teams in each of the groups advance to the semifinals, which will be played on July 16.
You can follow all the games live on www.cosafa.tv.
Malawi 2 (Muyaba 27’, Kuwali 50’) Zimbabwe 2 (Sarupinda 62’, Musaka 78’)
Senegal 1 (Djitte 63’) Mozambique 0
Botswana vs Lesotho (KO 12h00; 10h00 GMT)
Eswatini vs Zambia (KO 15h00; 13h00 GMT)