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Walter Nyamilandu

The Flames will regroup in May to begin preparations for 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu disclosed Tuesday as the association’s planned Flames victory parade was postponed.

“Having successfully completed the Afcon campaign, our sights are now focused on the World Cup qualifying matches which start in June. The national team will regroup in May to start preparing for the tournament,” he said.

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Flames are in the same group with Cameroon, Mozambique and Ivory Coast.

The first window for World Cup qualifiers is set for May 31 to June 15.

The 2022 World Cup will take place from November 21 2022 to December 18 2022.

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“It is still uncertain whether or not fans will be able to attend the 2022 tournament due to the Covid crisis, but Fifa President Gianni Infantino stated his confidence that stadiums will be packed for the competition,” goal.com reported last month.

The Flames sealed dramatic qualification to next year’s Afcon finals after beating Uganda 1-0 courtesy of Richard Mbulu’s goal at Kamuzu Stadium on Monday.

The Flames joined Group leaders Burkina Faso, who qualified with 12 points, two more than Malawi.

Meanwhile, Nyamilandu has said Fam is planning to offer special reward for the Flames, having sealed their third Afcon qualification following similar feat in 2010 and 1984.

“We are working on rewarding the national team appropriately. The team deserves special recognition for the gallant fight.

“This will be communicated once a proposal has been considered and approved by the Executive Committee,” he said.

In a related development, the Flames Afcon qualification parade, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed following advice from the city authorities.

“With that piece of advice, we need to sit down and look at how best we can do it so that, as we are celebrating, everyone is safe. So we will communicate as to when the parade will be executed,” Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda confirmed Tuesday.

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