The game was played at Malawi’s soccer cathedral, Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial city of Blantyre.
Malawi team was boosted by return of two veteran players, controversial Big Bullets wide midfielder Fisher Kondowe and South Africa based striker Esau Kanyenda.
The dual had been called back into the Flames fold following public and they were put in the starting line-up. Their return proved worthwhile as Malawi got the result it desperately needed to remain in the contention.
The Flames started the game on a flying start but missed clear-cut scoring chances that would have put them in the lead with midfield workhorse, Robert Ng’ambi long range drives missing the goal narrowly.
Mali was not in its usual form. They only made those sporadic attacks now and then. It appeared that they focussing on getting a point. This strategy turned into their destruction.
Malawi had their noses in front through, Ng’ambi 64th minute strike that sent the victory starved supporters into ecstasy.
The goal injected momentum into Malawi side and they poured in their opponents half in numbers giving the visitors no room to manoeuvre.
The besieged Mali side conceded a second goal in 85th minute when Kanyenda buried home Kondowe cross this literary killed the visitors hopes of salvaging a point.
Malawi must win against Ethiopia away this Wednesday if they want to make a third record appearance at the AFCON finals.