Mhango's Malawi hold Billiat's Zim

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Malawi and Zimbabwe cancelled out each other with a goalless draw in an international friendly on Sunday afternoon.

Orlando Pirates’ Gabadinho Mhango continued up top for the Flames, whereas Kaizer Chiefs’ Khama Billiat captained the visitors with Teenage Hadebe also included in the defence.

Malawi were looking to return to winning ways just days after going down 1-0 to Zambia in Lusaka, with the Zimbabweans gunning for victory as well.

The Flames gave the first threat in the opening 20 minutes but the visitors were able to drop deep and eradicate any potential danger coming their way.

Malawi still controlled large parts of the encounter as the half began fizzling out, as Mhango missed a sitter from a well-played through ball to the area.

The second half had the two sides slowly out of the starting blocks despite there being no sufficient goal-mouth action on either end of the spectrum.

This spell of play continued well towards the final quarter of the match, as strong challenges, countless misplaces passes and tight all-round play laid down the marker.

Malawi tried a smash and grab through Mhango inside the closing minutes, but the Warriors cleared the danger after managing to track back from the middle of the park.

Billiat, who had a rather quiet outing, was removed in the final minutes for fellow attacker Ian Nekati, as the Warriors looked to balance proceedings.

There were still a few half-hearted moments either side, but goalless were how it finished in the Malawian capital of Blantyre.

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