Malawi FIFA WCQ: Malawi Smoke Sao Tome To Rekindle World Cup Ticket Hope

Malawi rekindled their FIFA 2026 World Cup qualification chances with a 3-1 victory over Sao Tome and Principe in Lilongwe on Thursday.

The Flames, who had a poor start to their Group H campaign, exploded into life with goals from Kaonga Chawanangwa, Nkhoma Lanjesi, and Mphasi Chifundo, securing an important three points.

Chawanangwa put the hosts ahead after only six minutes, easily slotting home after being played through on goal.

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Lanjesi increased Malawi’s lead eight minutes later, driving a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Sao Tome and Principe showed flashes of life in the second half, with Silva Denilson cutting the gap in the 67th minute with a well-placed shot.

However, any dreams for an unexpected comeback were dashed 11 minutes later as Chifundo restored Malawi’s two-goal lead with a tidy finish.

The Flames are now third in Group H with six points, one behind second-placed Namibia.

However, they are all trailing Tunisia, who maintained their perfect start with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday to remain top with maximum points.

Sao Tome e Principe’s defeat leaves them at the bottom of the group, with no points from their first three matches, and their World Cup dreams are fading.

With a critical meeting against Equatorial Guinea on Monday, the Flames have renewed their chances of qualifying for the 2026 North American championship.

In Group A, Guinea-Bissau were held to a goalless draw by Ethiopia but remain second position with five points from three games.

Sudan claimed a 2-0 away win against Mauritania to top Group B with seven points.

A goal from Badri in the 20th minute from the spot and another 40th minute goal from Ekrawa gave Libya. 2-1 win over Mauritius.

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