Guinea have picked up their first points in the final phase of the qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup after they stopped Malawi 2-1 inside the September 28 Stadium in Conakry on Sunday.
Guinea had lost both to Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast in their previous two qualifying ties and thus needed to win on Sunday if they were to stand any chance of at least featuring in next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Syli Nationale, now under the tutelage of former international star, Aboubacar 'Titi' Camara after Frenchman Robert Nouzaret was shown the door, went in front by the half hour through skipper Pascal Feindouno.
And just before the break, Feindouno doubled Guinea's lead.
The visiting Flames of Malawi, who dominated play, pulled a goal back in the dying moments of the encounter.
The Ivory Coast lead this qualifying group with nine points after they defeated closest rivals Burkina Faso 3-2 in Ouagadougou on Saturday. Burkina Faso are second on six points, while Guinea are third with three points. Malawi sit in the cellar with no points to their name.
Samm Audu, Goal.com