Mhango wondergoal not enough for Malawi

COSAFA side Malawi have exited the Africa Cup of Nations at the round of 16 stage, but do so with their heads held high after a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Tuesday.

The Flames took the lead following a superb 40-yard goal from Gabadinho Mhango that will be a contender for the best strike in the competition, but then had to endure wave after wave of attacks from the Moroccans.

The north African side were level seconds before halftime as Selim Amallah swung in a cross and Youssef En Nesyri rose to head powerfully beyond Malawi gloveman Charles Thom.

And they were ultimately undone by a piece of real quality as full-back Hakimi stepped up to take a free-kick 30-yards from goal and his effort was inch-perfect to nestle into the top corner, giving Thom no chance.

All through the game Malawi showed their battling qualities and played with great confidence in parts to trouble their opponents.

It has already been a record-breaking appearance in Cameroon for the side as they reached the knockout stage for the first time, but also the manner of their performances will be cause for much celebration and pride back home.

It is certainly something for the coaching staff to build on, and the individual performances will also have shone a spotlight on a number of the players.

Not least Mhango, who has scored some excellent goals and ends the competition with three to his name, currently joint second highest at the tournament behind Cameroon star Vince Aboubaker.