GABADINHO Mhango displayed a man of the match performance when his national team Malawi registered their first win in Group B, defeating Zimbabwe 2-1 on Friday evening at Stade de Kouekong, Bafoussam in Cameroon. 

The victory, which was the third one for Malawi in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), boosted their chances of qualifying for the last-16 of the tournament.

It was an end to end staff between The Flames and Zimbabwe, who came to this encounter having received a huge applaud for their performance against Senegal. 

JDR Stars striker Ishmael Wadi broke the deadlock in the 38 minutes of the games converting Onismor Bhasera well delivered a cross to put The Warriors in the lead. 

However, their lead was short-lived as Orlando Pirates striker Mhango levelled the matters five minutes later, ensuring that they go to the break on the level.

In the second half, just before an hour mark, Mhango took advantage of Zimbabwe's defensive error to complete his brace, putting The Flames on the driving seat.

Zimbabwe tried to fight back and created a couple of chances, but their efforts were not fruitful as they ended up losing. 

It was the second defeat of the tournament as they lost 1-0 to Senegal in their opening match of the tournament. 

Malawi will face Senegal in the last group match on Tuesday, and Zimbabwe will be up against Guinea.