Malawi national football team (Flames) captain Peter â€˜Mjojoâ€™ Mponda and his deputy Moses Chavulaâ€™s South African teams at the weekend qualified for the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup.
Both Mponda and Chavula featured for Santos and Amazulu respectively, when they edged lower league sides Rose United and Witbank Spurs by 1-0 margins.
Mponda played for the better part of the game and was only taken off three minutes to full time whereas Chavula was substituted in the 73rd minute.
According to KickOff.com report, the larger portion of the first 45 minutes saw Santos control the flow of the game and dictate terms.
Santos, though, started lively and Pere Ariweriyai handed them the lead in the eighth minuteâ€”his first goal since last December.
The goal came about after Vuyisile Wana lobbed a teasing ball into the box and Ariweriyai got to it ahead of his marker and duly headed the ball home from six-yards.
In Amazuluâ€™s game, the lone goal was scored by Tamsanqa Sangweni.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri said he is happy that the bulk of his key players are getting game time.
“It is encouraging that players such as Peter, Chiukepo [Msowoya] and Moses are now playing. I am absolutely certain that by the time we face Kenya in the World Cup qualifiers, they should be in shape,” said Kinnah.