Malawi national football team coach Patrick Mabedi has thrown weight behind his charges despite a narrow 1 nil loss to Tunisia at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe in the second match of the 2026 Word Cup qualification route.
Yousef Msakni scored from the spot kick following a foul by Lawrence Chaziya with just three minutes left to fulltime in the Group H tussling match.
This was when the sides had missed opportunities in the first half when ended goalless.
Come second half despite Flames making some admirable exchanges from their side through Chifundo Mphasi and Patrick Mwaungulu but forward Christopher Kumwembe could still not go past in goals for Tunisia.
In dying minutes at 87 minutes Chaziya fouled one of the Tunisia’s which made them win the penalty.
An experience Msakni took a penalty sending Brighton Munthali the wrong way.
This means that Mabedi has suffered his first loss after ten games under his leadership.
Mabedi has won three games, drawn 6 and has lost one against Tunisia.
Now, the Carthage Eagles have six points and lead the Group seconded by Equatorial Guinea who also have six points.
The Flames won in Liberia on Friday and have three points.
But Mabedi says his charges are still in the race and they have areas to build on from the two games.
The Flames will continue the Group matches against Sao Tome in June next year.