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Malawi vs Senegal summary: score, goals, highlights, AFCON

Senegal's defender Saliou Ciss (L) vies with Malawi's forward Khuda Ike Muyaba (R) during the Group B Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Malawi and Senegal at Stade de Kouekong in Bafoussam on January 18, 2022. (Photo by Piu

Senegal top the group and Malawi are now one of the teams forced to wait through to the conclusion of the group stage.

The whistle sounds and Malawi record a famous 0-0 draw against hot favourites Senegal.

Still 2-1 in Yaounde as Zimbabwe lead Guinea. 0-0 here with 3 minutes to be added.


Last minute of normal time here in Bafoussam.

Another injury concern for the Flames as Mbulu is also taken from the pitch for medical attention.


Time ticking away here with Senegal set to advance. To be fair to Aliou Cisse's men, as average as they have been, the Lions of Teranga have managed to keep three clean sheets.

Chester stretchered off for Malawi

Change for Senegal as Toure is on for Ciss

Malawi keeper Thom carded


Still Zimbabwe 2-1 Guinea in Yaounde which would see Senegal and Guinea automatically progress with Malawi forced to wait.


Less than ten minutes remain here in Bafoussam and can Malawi hang on ? What a result it would be for the Flames, taking on and getting a point against a side ranked more than 100 places above then in the FIFA ranking.

Changes for Malawi: Gerald Phiri (in) - Francisco Madinga (out) & Robin Ngalande (in) - Chimwemwe Idana (out)

Delay as the Malawi keeper gets medical attention.

How pivotal will that decision be to the game and indeed to Malawi's time at the AFCON in Cameroon?

Tricky decision to be fair but the Malawi players and bench are incensed.

Sarr the Senegal man adjudged to have committed the foul. Ref comes back and no penalty ! Malawi players distraught !!!!

Chirwa it was the player adjudged to have been fouled.

Referee to consult VAR...

Incredible !!!! Penalty awarded for Malawi

Substitutes, Senagal: Pape Gueye (in) - Nampalys Mendy (out) & Famara Diédhiou (in) - Boulaye Dia (out)


20 minutes remain for Malawi to hang on and record what would be a famous result in Malawian footballing history.

Changes for Malawi as No's 20 and 9, Chester and Mbulu come on for Mhone and Muyaba

Possession stats now very revealing with Malawi on 30% against the 70% for Senegal.


Aliou Cisse cutting an anxious figure on the Senegal bench. Huge pressure on the former Portsmouth player with the expectation of the nation on his shoulders.


Less than 30 minutes remain and as things stand in both games, Senegal would advance as group winners with Guinea finishing second. Malawi would be forced to wait until the other groups conclude to see if they progress as one of the best third placed teams.

Diallo subbed by Dieng (Senegal)


Lawrence Chaziya carded for the foul as the keeper saves well again from the Senegal strike. Malawi being pegged back now as the men in white start to domnate the action.


Malawi struggle to clear their lines but Senegal unable to capitalise on the situation. We've seen little or nothing from Sadio Mané this evening just as the Liverpool forward is fouled.


Diallo heads over unmarked and the Senegal defender has got to hit the target from that range. The Lions from Teranga knocking on the door now.

Guinea pull one back in Yaounde. Scoreline now Zimbabwe 2-1 Guinea


Free for Malawi as Mhango delivers but the ball is out for a goal kick ... disapointing effort from the Orlando Pirates man


Early pressure from Senegal at the opening phase of the half, as we saw at the start of the game.


Free for the men in white as the ref asks for the kick to be repeated. What a stop from the keeper as he palms a goal bound header over from close range as Diallo seemed to put Cisse's men ahead.

Idrissa Gueye is down and needs medical attention.

Despite their poor showing, Senegal, as things stand would run out Group B winners as Guinea trail to Zimbabwe in Yaounde.

Off we go....

The sides return to the pitch at the Kouekong Stadium and will be expecting for a better showing in their final 45' of Group B.

The whistle sounds and concern on the faces of the Senegal players and bench as the Lions of the Teranga have been outclassed by a side over 100 places below them in the FIFA rankings

Zimbabwe now 2-0 up against Guinea.

We'll have one minute of added time.


Edging towards the interval and this half is so synonymous with what we've seen from Senegal in this AFCON....very, very brief glimpses of what hey can do, but by and large, mediocre football from Aliou Cisse's men.


It would not beyond the realms of possibility to see the underdogs from Malawi ahead as they've been the better side in the opening 40 plus minutes in Bafoussam. With 4 points Senegal will progress as Mendy is called upon again to tip the ball over.


Mhango breaks but is bustled off the ball as he bears down on Mendy with the Senegal rear-guard alert to avert the danger. Malawi creating all the half chances now. Senegal, once again disappointing.

Zimbabwe have taken the lead against Guinea and that scoreline sees Senegal now moving top of the group with Malawi remaining in third. Still a long, long way to go in both games.


Three in the Senegalese wall as Mhango and the ball is deflected just wide for a corner. More pressure from the Flames.

Danger for Senegal as Muyaba is fouled on the edge of the area.


Dangerous free from Senegal but the header from the free-kick (Gueye the taker) is straight at the Malawi keeper.


Once again, imprecise and stray passes very much letting Senegal down here at the Kouejong Stadium as we pass the 25 minute mark

The yellow will see the Crystal Palace man miss the next game in the competition with it being his second of the tournament.


Possession after 20 minutes: Malawi 49-51 Senegal (%)

Kouyate carded for leading with an elbow

Nothing of any contact on Mhango and if anything the player may have pulled a calf muscle.


Another injury concern for Malawi as striker Mhango goes to ground in the box and will need medical attention. A fine effort from Muyaba as the Malawi striker remains on the turf.

No goals here and 0-0 between Zimbabwe and Guinea too. A set of results that would see Cisse's Senegal finish second and Malawi would come third but with 4 points, that should be enough to secure a best third place.


Despite a very bright start, Senegal have lost their way again with Malawi now very much in the contest.


Malawi refuse to be intimidated by the Senegal side as they look for ways past the side in white. Malawi adopting a direct line to the Senegal box.


Malawi keeper Thom needs attention after that last passage of play. The Silver Strikers stopper is back on his feet and appears okay to carry on.


Senegal almost open the scoring as Mané clips the ball over from the six-yard line. Fine play from the Lions of Teranga who have started with a massive level of intent.


Senegal with the better of the opening here in Bafoussam as Malawi make a rare break into the opposition half.

The bulk of the Malawi side play their football at home with a handful of players in  other African league such as the Tanzanian or South African with Charles Petro currently in Sheriff and Madinga playing in Georgia.


Off we go as Senegal almost go ahead within the opening seconds.....Corner for Aliou Cisse's men.

All set in Bafoussam as the captains pose for the pre-game photo. Kick-off imminent....

National anthem time. Senegal to wear all white today with the Flames in red shirts and red shorts.

On paper, at least, today's Group B contest between Senegal and The Flames from Malawi is somewaht one sided with over 100 places between both nations in the latest FIFA rankings. The Lions from Teranga occupy 20th spot with Malawi in 129th place.

Another incentive for Malawi today !


Malawi-Senegal: matchday weather

Another warm Bafoussam day with a current temperature of 27C/81F. A spot of rain an outside possibility with a 12% chance of precipitation during the Group B contest.


Player to watch: Senegal

The stage is set in Bafoussam for Sadio Mané to shine and prove to many why his Senegal side should be taken seriously as candidates to lift the title in early February. Two below par performances in the opening Group B games should serve as a motivation for the Liverpool striker to deliver at the Kouekong Stadium against Malawi.

Gabadinho Mhango

Player to watch: Malawi

Gabadinho Mhango bagged the brace that sees the Flames on the cusp of creating history by progressing to the second stage of the AFCON for the first time ever. The Orlando Pirates striker has now bagged a dozen goals for his country and will look to keep the Senegal defenders on their toes today.


Salima Mukansanga to lead all-female officiating AFCON line-up

Some AFCON history being made in the other Group B game today too !

Team news: Senegal XI

Napoli defender Koulibaly returns to the side and will captain the team today after recovering from covid-19. Chelsea stopper Mendy also returns between the sticks replacing QPR's Dieng.


Pressure on Mané

Sadio Mané came into the 2021 AFCON as one of the leading stars of African football but both his individual performances and that of his Senegal team have failed to sparkle. With 4 points Senegal will progress to the Round of 16 but it took a 97th minute penalty kick in the opening game against Zimbabwe for the 'Lions of Teranga' to secure maximum points in a game that warranted a draw. Senegal fans will be looking for a much improved performance all round today from their side.

It's been a difficult AFCON so far for Senegal. One of the pre-tournament favourites saw their preparation hampered by positive covid cases and their displays on the pitch have been disappointing with the 'Lions of Teranga' needing an injury time penalty to overcome Zimbabwe and followed up the opener with a lackluster 0-0 draw against Guinea.

Gabadinho Mhango leads the line for the Flames today with his two goals against Zimbabwe good enough to put Malawi on the cusp of creating history for the nation.

Team news: Malawi XI

A point against Senegal could be sufficient for 'The Flames' of Malawi to advance to the second round of AFCON in their history with national team coach Meck Mwase not ruling out an upset: “We have all seen the many surprises so far in the tournament, and our opponents must be prepared as it will not be a smooth ride. We only have one player missing and that is our captain, but we have equally good players that can replace him as we fight to qualify.”


Group B after 2 games

Senegal currently occupy second position on 4 points with a win and a draw with Malawi on three points with their victory over Zimbabwe. The 'Warriors' face Guinea in this evenings other game.

The action at the Kouekong stadium in Bafoussam gets underway at 1700 (CET)-1100 (ET)

Hello and welcome to our live AFCON coverage as Malawi face Senegal in the last Group B game.


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