Flames regroup May 8

Gomezgani Zakazaka

Malawi National Football Team, The Flames, will regroup on May 8 in preparation for 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers slated for next month.

The Flames will start Group D qualifiers at home against Ethiopia before meeting Guinea away between May 30 and June 14.

However, Confederation of African Football (Caf) is yet to confirm the exact dates and venues for the matches.


Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said the local camp would be done in two phases.

Zakazaka said the first phase would run from May 8 to 22 whereas the second phase will take place from May 22 to 30.

“During the camp, players would be allowed to return to clubs according to their teams’ engagements. The final squad will be announced at the end of the first phase. Active foreign country-based players will only be expected to join the squad at the opening of the Fifa calendar,” Zakazaka said.


Zakazaka said newly appointed Flames coach Marian Mario Marinica is expected to name a 30-member squad for local players in preparation for both Afcon and Chan qualifiers.

The draw for Chan qualifiers is expected to take place Thursday.

The Flames are expected to face six-time Afcon champions Egypt home and away in September. They will travel to Ethiopia before hosting Guinea in March next year.

Sports analyst Sherry Msuku said The Flames should prepare well for the qualifiers.

“Looking at the strengths of Ethiopia, Guinea and Egypt, we need to proper preparations. If we prepare well we can get positive results,” Msuku said.

Malawi qualified for Afcon finals held in Cameroon early this year after finishing second in Group with 10 points, two behind Burkina Faso.

During the Afcon finals, the Flames exited in the round-of-16 following a 2-1 loss to Morocco.

In the group stages, Malawi lost 1-0 to Guinea but beat Zimbabwe 2-1 before a goal-less draw against Senegal.

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