Cometh the hour

Flames search for 1st win in West & Central Africa in 26 outings

Meck Mwase

The Malawi National Football Team is hoping for a positive result in the opening match of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde tonight.

The Flames go into the match hoping to break the jinx that has seen them failing to win a match in West and Central Africa in 26 outings since 1980.

Their best result was a goal-less draw with the Indomitable Lions in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in 1995.


In their last trip to Cameroon in 2018, the Flames suffered a 1-0 defeat in an Afcon qualifier.

However, in 2012, the Flames managed a 1-1 draw with Togo before sharing spoils with Guinea in a goalless stalemate in an Afcon qualifier some five years ago.

The Indomitable Lions, who are ranked 54th in the world, have met the Flames (118th in global rankings) seven times since 1980.


The former Afcon champions and dominated the meetings with three victories whereas Malawi have won just once. World Cup quarterfinalists have

The last time Malawi beat Cameroon was in 1987 with a resounding 3-1 score line at the Kenya All Africa Games in 1987. The other three matches ended in stalemates.

However, Flames coach Meck Mwase believes that such records are bound to change in Malawi’s favour.

Mwase said he has the right crop of players to do the job.

“We are here to win. Of course, the odds are against us but anything can happen in football. Everyone in our camp is in the right frame of mind and morale is high. We just have to exercise caution and make sure we balance the team in all departments,” he said.

Flames captain Limbikani Mzava said the players were ready to die for the nation.

“We are ready and we have self-belief. We want to continue from where we left in the Afcon qualifiers,” Mzava said.

The Flames arrived in Cameroon Tuesday afternoon ahead of tonight’s clash.

Mwase is likely to retain Ernest Kakhobwe in goals ahead of Brighton Munthali and Richard Chipuwa.

At the back, Mwase will likely keep faith in Mzava, Charles Petro, Stanley Sanudi and Dennis Chembezi whereas either John Banda or Chikoti Chirwa will anchor the midfield alongside Gerald Phiri Junior, Chimwemwe Idana and Peter Banda.

Upfront, Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu and Khuda Muyaba are likely to find themselves in the starting lineup.

On the other hand, Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has assembled his best weapons including Bayern Munich striker Eric Choupo-Moting, who scored the lone goal in the two sides’ last two meetings some three years ago.

Seasoned campaigners Zambo Anguissa, Vincent Aoubakar, Jean Onana and Christian Bassogog have also been included in the hosts’ squad.

The match is expected to kick off at 9pm.

Head to head

June 29 1980 — Cameroon 3 Malawi 0

July 20 1980 — Malawi 1 Cameroon 1

August 11 1987 — Malawi 3 Cameroon 1

January 8 1995 — Cameroon 0 Malawi 0

July 16 1995 — Malawi 1 Cameroon 3

October 12 2018 — Cameroon 1 Malawi 0

October 16 2018 — Malawi 0 Cameroon 0

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