Chiukuepo Msowoya was the hero for the Kinnar Phiri coached Malawi grabbing a brace in the 3rd and 67th minutes while Mhone added anotherMalawi Flames reignited their hopes for a quarter-final berth in the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge after beating Eritrea's Sea Boys 3-2 in a closely fought Group C match played at the muddy Namboole Stadium on Thursday.
The heavy down pour had made the pitch slippery making it hard for the players to control the ball. Eritrea was made to sweat blood rallying from three goals down to stretch the game to a nerve wrecking finish.
Chiukuepo Msowoya was the hero for the Kinnar Phiri coached Flames grabbing a brace in the 3rd and 67th minutes while Mhone added another. Eritrea came after the breather a re-energized lot showing their thirst for goal and even after conceding heavily, they kept their dreams alive with endless waves of attacks.
Their efforts were rewarded when they pulled one back in the 68th minute through striker Chide who rounded Malawi custodian Charles Swinnie to drive the ball into the net.
When it appeared that the scoreline would remain at 3-1 with just a minute left on regulation time, Swinnie fouled Eritrea’s skipper Hermon Tecleabin inside the box and the captain did not make mistakes from the spot-kick sending the keeper the wrong way to bring his side closer to grabbing a point but it was too little too late.
The encounter was a game of two halves with Flames dictating the momentum in the first half as the Red Sea Boys took command of the second half.
Flames now have three points from two matches with a+1 goal difference while Eritrea still have a point from two encounters with a-1 goal difference.