Golden Arrows sensational forward
, formerly of Big Bullets resurrected from his oblivion to power home a hat-trick for Malawi national team to claim 3-0 victory over Angola in the COSAFA Castle Cup tournament in a game played on Sunday in Namibia.
The experienced Flames overcame the young and inexperienced Angolans at Independence Stadium in Windhoek to claim their first three points from their first game in Group B.
The win saw Flames equal Lesotho on points and goal difference. Lesotho claimed their biggest ever victory in the COSAFA Castle Cup as they defeated Mauritius 3-0.
Mhango got his first 22 minutes into the first half from a header which was deflected into the back of the net by an Angolan defender.
Angola worked hard to level the scores but Mhango who was enjoying the proceedings struck his second mid-way the second half after a series of beautiful passes from Flame’s players to make it 2-0.
The lead did not stop Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali from taking out inactive players and he introduced Yamikani Fodya for Francis Mlimbika, Gerrad Phiri Juniro and Chiukepo Msowoya paved way for Dalitso Sailesi and Muhammad Sulumba respectively.
The substitution proved timely as the Flames piled pressure on the Angola’s defence which saw the Mtawali boys awarded a penalty towards the end of the game.
Mhango made no mistake by hitting the back of the net to claim his historical hat-trick for the Malawi national team.
Earlier on, Lesotho got their 2016 Cosafa Cup tournament off to the perfect start with an impressive 3-0 win over Mauritius in a Group B match at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday.
The Flames next assignment is against Mauritius on Tuesday.
The COSAFA Cup is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa organized by Council of Southern Africa Associations (COSAFA).
Malawi is yet to taste the championship while Zambia has won the most titles with four wins, while South Africa and Angola have won three each.