The Malawi national football team has been held to a goalless draw by Botswana in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World cup qualifiers.

In a match played at Francistown sports complex on Saturday, the home side quickly settled into the match in search for an early goal.

The home side continued pressing the visitors but their defence was always alert. Botswana came close to scoring in the 23rd minute but Brighton Munthali saved Kgaswane Jogane’s shot from within six yards.

Four minutes to half time Malawi registered their first short on target only to be saved by Botswana goalkeeper.

In the second half, Malawi leveled their game as their started attacking the home side.
Malawi came close to scoring in the 55th minute when Gerald Phiri jnr saw his free kick hit the cross bar after Gabadinho Mhango was fouled.

In the 75th minute Robin Ngalande was introduced for Mhango but the home side kept a close look on him. With 2 minutes to end the match,Malawi survived a scare as a header from Botswana hit the bar.

The two sides will play the second leg of the qualifiers on Tuesday at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

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