NAIROBI, Kenya, June 12- Shisha smoking ace, Jamal Mohammed will return home a hero after crafting Andrew Murunga’s maiden goal in Harambee Stars 2-2 away draw in Malawi in a 2014 World Cup qualifier that was played in Blantyre on Wednesday.
After a goalless stalemate, Robin Ngalande got the second half underway by opening the scoring for the home side in the 46th minute before Mohammed, who gained infamy when his photo was published in a local daily smoking from a shisha pipe last Friday fed Murunga to fire past goalkeeper Charles Swini six minutes later.
Robert Ngambi fired The Flames ahead with ten minutes to full time before substitute Chimango Kayira turned the ball to his own net in stoppage time to close the scoring.
Following their second successive home draw, Malawi who were chasing victory to put pressure on Group F leaders Nigeria who were to host Namibia later Wednesday will be eliminated from World Cup contention if the Super Eagles prevail as expected.
The Flames agreed to honour the match after ending their strike over unpaid allowances on the eve of the game that saw Stars head coach, Adel Amrouche, complain about the bus they were presented upon arrival in Lilongwe for their five-hour journey to Blantyre.
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MALAWI: Charles Swini (GK), Davie Banda, Essau Kanyenda, John Banda, Joseph Kamwendo, Robert Ngambi, Robin Ngalande, Moses Chavula, James Sangala, Harry Nyirenda, Limbikani Mzava
KENYA: Duncan Ochieng (GK), Andrew Murunga, David Ochieng, David Owino,
Edwin Lavatsa, Francis Kahata, Jamal Mohammed, James Mulinge, Brian Mandela, Patrick Osiako, Peter Opiyo