Angola tonight have made up for throwing away a four-goal lead against Mali in their opening game by beating Malawi 2-0 to move top of Group A .
Two goals early in the second half from strikers Flavio and Manucho settled the game and brought the whole three points the hosts way. Flavio scored his third of the campaign with a trademark header from a cross from left back Mabina then Manucho later doubled the lead by stripping the Malawi captain Peter Mponda of the ball on the edge of the Malawi penalty area and hit home a wonder shot to make it 2-0.
Angola, who conceeded four late goals to draw 4-4 with Mali on Sunday, head the group by a point from Algeria and Malawi and look well placed to go through to next week’s quarter-finals. Manucho Scoring Angola’s Second
The hosts, with a hard running approach, set out quickly to overwhelm their Malawian opponents, who enjoyed a surprise 3-0 win over Algeria in their first group game on Monday. A cheeky back heel almost saw Malawi go into the lead in the 41st minute but Victor Nyirenda’s audacious effort was saved. Angola’s success will be tempered by concern over injury to key players Gilberto and Flavio, who both had to leave the game. There were no late jitters this time as Angola comfortably held on their lead.