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Fam courts Tanzania FA

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George Kaudza Masina

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said it is in discussions with Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) on a possible friendly between the two senior sides during the Fifa International window early next month.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda confirmed approaching TTF, saying discussions were underway.

“We are still waiting for a response from them. The chances are 90 percent that the match could be played in Tanzania,” Gunda said.

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The Flames are using the match as part of preparations for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 2022.

Before the Afcon finals, the Flames will also participate in the Cosafa Cup in South Africa and World Cup qualifiers.

In the World Cup qualifiers, Malawi was drawn against Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique. The World Cup qualifiers are expected to start during windows of September after Caf in consultation with Fifa shifted the matches from June.

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Flames Coach Meck Mwase, who is expected to sign a new two-year deal, was not readily available Sunday.

Football analyst George Kaudza-Masina said the association should make the Flames play top ranked teams in Africa.

“We are at par with Tanzania or even better than them. In future, we should play teams who are better than us so that we learn a lot of things,” Kaudza-Masina said.

The Flames qualified for the Afcon finals after finishing second in Group B with 10 points, two points behind group winners Burkina Faso.

This will be Malawi’s third appearance at Afcon finals after the team qualified for the first time in 1984 in Ivory Coast before the 2010 finals in Angola.

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