Malawi's Frank Mhango scored two times as they stunned southern African rivals Zimbabwe with a 2-1 victory in Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations to keep their second round hopes alive at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam on Friday.
Ishmael Wadi put Zimbabwe ahead in the first half, but Mhango levelled right before the break and after that added the second after 58 minutes as he took advantage of some hesitant defending and provided a poacher's finish.
Malawi have 3 points from 2 games and lie 3rd in the group behind Senegal and Guinea, who each have four. Zimbabwe have actually lost both of their matches to date.Malawi, whose only other win at the Cup of Nations was a 3-0 success over Algeria in 2010, play Senegal in their final Group B game at the exact same venue on Tuesday, while Zimbabwe will meet Guinea in Yaounde.
Malawi were back to a complete strength squad after they had 13 players missing out on in their opening loss to Guinea, with Mhango one of their returnees.
The bustling striker, who bets Orlando Pirates in South Africa, was a constant thorn in the side of Zimbabwe with his speed and revealed great composure to finish both objectives.Zimbabwe were the better side in the opening duration and looked especially harmful when they swung high balls into the Malawi box, losing a variety of headed chances before they finally got it right,
Experienced full-back Onismor Bhasera delivered a cross from the left and Wadi connected just over 10 metres from goal. His header looped over goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe into the net.
The lead lasted only 4 minutes though as Mhango provided a cool first-time finish with his right foot at the back post from Francisco Madinga's deep cross.The latter then struck the frame of the goal early in the second duration, before Malawi did take the lead.
A forward pass from Mhango was missed by Madinga, but Zimbabwe defender Teenage Hadebe thought twice as he anticipated goalkeeper Petros Mhari to come and gather the loose ball.That enabled Mhango, who had kept on running, to take in and score from close range.