Malawi showed resolve and determination to register a victory at all cost right from the start.
The Flames pinned the visitors into their own half with Robert Ngambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Chimango Kayira and Robin Ngalande in full control the midfield that snuffed out the life out of the visitor’s speedy and passing game.
The besieged Antelopes Warriors cracked when Atusaye Nyondo put the Flames in the lead after striking home a through ball from Kamwendo’s corner kick in the 15th minute.
Following the goal Malawi was on full throttle but failed to crack the visitor’s rearguard where Salahadin Bergecho stood firm by neutralising most of Malawi’s raids.
The visitors then mounted sporadic attacks which paid off in the 44th minute when substitute Getaneh Kebede levelled the matters after the hosts defence was caught napping.
After recess the Ethiopians made a lot of inroads into Malawi half but failed to create effective scoring opportunities.
The Flames did not ease gear after notching the second goal by continuing besieging the Antelopes.
When some thought the Flames were through with the visitors, Nyondo put the game beyond the reach of the visitors when he claimed a brace in the 66 th minute.
He drilled a low powerful shot that beat fully stretched Ethiopian goal custodian Jemal Tassew, to finish off a superb build up that involved Ngalande and Ng’ambi.
The Flames third goal did nonetheless, take the wind from the determined Antelopes who fought back with sporadic attacks and managed to reduce arrears in the 92nd minute through Yussuf Saleh free kick.