Malawi 1-1 Ivory Coast Stats/Lineups
African World Cup Qualifying Standings
The Malawian national team, The Flames
shocked the continental giants Cote D’Ivoire when defender Jacob Ngwira
netted the match opener in the 63rd minute before lethal
and prolific goal-scorer Didier Drogba confirmed his stature by equalizing
four minutes later.
Cote D’Ivoire, who fielded a number
of renowned stars found it hard to break the hard fighting Malawians
playing before frenzied home fans.
Despite looking for an opener in
the first half, the Elephants strikers were frustrated by the impressive
Malawian back line which held tight to force the first half to end in
a barren draw.
Cote D’Ivoire who had expected a
walk in the park, like many other football fans across the world were
stunned by the rock solid and impenetrable Malawian defence.
More shock followed
when Ngwira netted the first goal to open the account of the match.
The home fans happiness was short lived however, as just a few minutes later Drogba did what he does in every other
match in the English Premier League when he scored the equalizer after.
The draw was just enough for Cote D’Ivoire
to be the second African country to book a ticket to South Africa after
Ghana booked theirs in last month’s qualifier matches.
improved their chances of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations by moving
third with four points,just behind Burkina Faso who have six and
Guinea who are now last with three points.
Although one should keep in mind that the Guinea and Burkina
Faso match tomorrow might change the group standings.