BLANTYRE, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Sweden-based striker Russell
Mwafulirwa scored twice in the second half to hand Malawi a 2-1
victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo in their World Cup
qualifier on Saturday.
The result ensured second place for Malawi in African zone
Group 12 but they will have to wait until the end of the
weekend's full programme of qualifiers to confirm their
progress to the final phase of the 2010 World Cup preliminaries.
Congo, who as Zaire were the first black African side to
reach the World Cup finals in 1974, were eliminated after
The visitors took an early lead after a powerful long range
shot from Lomana LuaLua in the 12th minute. Mwafulirwa equalised
early in the second half and then notched the winner eight
minutes from time.
(Editing by John Mehaffey)