Junior Flames bows out of Cosafa with a promising perfomance

The Malawi National Under 20 Football Team, which was in Kitwe, Zambia to participate in the 2017 Cosafa Under 20 Championships is expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday through Chileka International Airport.

The junior flames are expected to touch the home soil after a partially successful journey where they managed to clinch a second position in group A, which was composed of the defending champions and hosts Zambia, Uganda and Swaziland.

Unlike the 2016 tournament which saw the team going out of the competition without even registering a single win, this time around the lads have managed to finish without testing a loss.

The young flames kicked off their assignments on a promising note by defeating  Swaziland 3-2 on December 6, at Arthur Davis Stadium. Peter Banda and Patrick Phiri were on target.

On the following Friday, the team had a slight setback after being held to a nil-nil draw by Zambia. But the most decisive match came on Monday when they lined up against their group contenders, the Cranes of Uganda who held the junior Flames to a 1-1 draw, a result which marked the end of the road for the junior Flames.

The Flames finished on second position with 5 points in their group tallying with the first positioned Uganda but the Cranes’ difference advantage cost the flames fortune.

The team further has exposed promising talents who have grabbed the attention of scouts and some are likely to clinch deals with professional clubs.

Some boys who are likely to join the professional list include; strikers Peter Banda and Patrick Phiri, midfielders Mike Nkwate and Chimwemwe Idana and defender Precious Sambani.

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