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Flames to play Morocco, not Mauritania

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There are conflicting reports on the actual opponents Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, will play against during friendly games scheduled for Morocco.

It has transpired that the Flames will play against Morocco’s Atlas Lions tomorrow before taking on Togo on Monday. Both games are scheduled for Stade Adrar in Agadir City.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President, Walter Nyamilandu, Wednesday confirmed the fixtures, contrary to earlier reports from the association that the Flames would line up against Mauritania tomorrow then Togo next Tuesday.

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“That is the final fixture. There is not enough time to play all teams. Our last match is on 4th September against Togo. We are playing the tough teams,” he said.

Asked as to why the Flames travelled in three groups, Nyamilandu said: “It is for logistical reasons. [It is due to] flights congestion. Organisers faced challenges with flight bookings.”

It appears even members of the Flames’ coaching panel are also confused on the actual dates of the games and the identity of the opponents.

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The Flames Team Manager, Peter Mponda, before departure for Morocco yesterday, suggested that they will face Togo tomorrow then Mauritania on Monday.

“Morocco are just the hosts, but what we know is that we will face Togo on Friday and Mauritania on Monday,” said Mponda before departure alongside fellow Assistant Coach, Gerald Phiri Senior, Civil Sporting Club players Fletcher Bandawe and Righteous Banda.

Earlier, Fam indicated that the Flames would line up against Mauritania tomorrow then Togo on Tuesday.

Republique Togolaise newspaper of Togo also suggested that the Sparrow Hawks would take on Niger tomorrow then Malawi on Tuesday.

Fam Executive Committee member and leader of delegation, Daud Ntanthiko, earlier also suggested that they would play against Mauritania and Togo.

“We arrived safely and upon arrival, we had a meeting with Morocco Football Federation officials plus all invited nations. We were briefed on a number of issues about the concept of the trip,” Ntanthiko said.

“I would like to emphasise that we were told that the agenda of the trip is for a camp training and playing friendly matches against Mauritania and Togo.”

On the pitch, the Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, is expected to have a full squad for the friendlies.

All foreign-based players led by Captain, Limbikani Mzava, have arrived at Annes Towers Hotel in Agadir City where the team is camping.

Mzava has since urged Fam to organise more friendly games so as to prepare the team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games.

The South Africa’s Golden Arrows defender also welcomed to the Flames’ squad midfielder Robert Ng’ambi, saying he will motivate youthful players.

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