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By Mphatso Malidadi:

HOPEFUL—RVG

Malawi national football team Coach, Ronny van Geneudgen (RVG), remains optimistic that his charges can qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, despite being stuck on third position in Group B.

RVG made the statement after his charges were held to a goalless draw by group leaders, Cameroon, at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Tuesday.

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The Belgian said he was determined to, next month, collect three points in Comoros Islands where Cameroon and second-placed Morocco dropped two points each.

After the game against the islanders, Malawi host Morocco next March in the final qualifying game, with the overall winner qualifying for the finals in Cameroon.

“We are still in the game [in contention] in the tournament. The floor is open. We can go to Comoros, get a good result and bring home all three points; then the stadium will be too small for Morocco. We are going to Comoros to win the game,” he said.

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RVG also said he was working on addressing the team’s scoring woes, having netted once in four games of the group while conceding four.

The Flames have four points from four games whereas Cameroon lead with eight points and Morocco are second with seven points. Comoros anchor the table with two points.

Group winner will qualify for the finals and, in the event that it is Cameroon, who will host the next edition of Afcon, the second-best team will sail through. Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia have qualified.

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