Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden and his 20-member squad finally left for this year’s Cosafa Cup tournament yesterday through Chileka Airport in Blantyre with the usual promise of bringing home the cup.
After forcing a narrow 1-0 win over Comoros in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match, van Geneugden will be hoping to convince his employers, Football Association of Malawi, that he is the man for the job.
The Belgian will have to find a winning formula in a team that has never won the competition before, with the closest being two silver medal finishes and a plate division win.
Seven new players were called to join the squad early in the week after South African and Mozambican clubs withdrew their players from the squad.
Van Geneugden said he has great players who deserve the opportunity to play at the top.
Times Radio will cover the matches live, courtesy of Medical Aid Society of Malawi.
Meanwhile, Multichoice Malawi has announced that soccer lovers will have the chance to watch the team’s games live on Supersport.
The company’s Marketing Manager, Chimwemwe Nyirenda, said it was important for Malawians to give moral support to the team by following the action through their television sets.
“The Flames are in South Africa for a national cause and they deserve our support. As a company, we have committed ourselves to ensuring that Malawians do not miss any minute of the action,” Nyirenda said.
The Flames start the tournament with a fixture against Tanzania on Sunday 25th June, before meeting Mauritius on Tuesday.
Angola are the Flames’ last opponents on Thursday and should they win their group, the Malawians will date South Africa on July 2 in the quarterfinals.
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