Friendly Malawi U20 thrash Kenya’s Rising Stars to lift Four Nations tournament

Malawi U20 national football team team won the Four Nations Tournament after seeing off Kenya 3-1 a Silver Stadium on Lilongwe on Sunday.

The victory is sweet revenge for the junior Flames after their seniors were humiliated by Harambee Stars on Saturday. The Flames lost 4-0 to Harambee Stars in the semi-finals of the seniors tournament.

Malawi U20 coach Bob Mpinganjira said losing was never an option. “When Malawi seniors lost to Kenya, we were bitter. It was very painful. We didn’t want to lose as well,” he said.

The junior Flames have won the tournament with a clean record, having also gotten the better of Zimbabwe in the opening match. Mpinganjira said the match against Kenya, who are 2023 CECAFA Cup runners-up, was a tough one.

He said: “We were playing with an experienced side. I am glad that my boys put up a gallant fight and we have won the this tournament.”

Emmanuel Saviel, Chifuniro Kamenya and Madalitso Safuli were on target for the Malawi while Stars juniors scored their consolation through Dalphane Ezekiah.

Savieli netted the opener in the 36th minute before Kamenya doubled the lead in first-half added on time.Ezekiah reduced the deficit in the 64th minute but Safuli added another one for Malawi in added on time.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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