Comoros v Malawi Preview: Comoros and Malawi battle in Cosafa Cup Plate semifinals

The two nations head into the encounter on the back of defeats, and will both be looking to book a spot in the Plate final

Comoros and Malawi will lock horns in the Cosafa Cup Plate semifinal at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday. 

Comoros suffered a 2-0 defeat to Zimbabwe to drop to the Plate phase, and they will be looking to make amends and reach the final. 

Les Coelacantes started well in this year's tournament as they defied the odds to reach their first quarterfinal of the Cosafa Cup.

Coach Mohamed Abderrahmane understands the importance of getting a positive result against Malawi, who were one of the strong favourites to the win the Cosafa Cup gold. 

Ibroihim Youssouf is expected to be key for Comoros on the night, having scored twice so far in the tournament.  

Malawi, on the other hand, will look to Gabadinho Mhango for goals and speed in the final third. 

The Bidvest Wits striker has already bagged three goals for the Flames so far, and it is for this reason that Comoros should keep a close eye on him. 

Malawi are also licking their wounds after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out loss to Zambian in last weekend's quarterfinals. 

This was after the two sides played out a 2-2 draw after regulation time. 

Interim coach Meke Mwase has already identified key areas for Malawi to improve on, but how his charges apply the tactics will be crucial on the day.  

Meanwhile, Malawi suffered a 4-2 defeat on penalties to Zambia following a 2-2 draw, which took place in Durban over the weekend.

In head-to-head stats, these two nations have met three times in the past, with Malawi recording two wins to Comoros' one.