No time to waste


By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi national football team returned home Sunday through Chileka Airport in Blantyre and went straight to Kamuzu Stadium for an afternoon training session.

The team was accorded police escort from the airport all the way to the stadium.


Cameroon beat the Flames 1-0 on Friday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier whose return leg is on tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium.

Cameroon arrived in Blantyre on Sunday night on a chartered flight from Yaounde.

Malawi Coach, Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) said he is confident that his charges can upset the Group B leaders and collect full points for the second time in the group.


RVG said he was looking forward to playing at the soccer mecca because he has been told that the support and atmosphere there is awesome.

“Our players put up a good performance with a lot of patriotism. It was unfortunate that individual brilliance from one of Cameroon’s best players resulted in the lone goal. But, to be honest, we deserved a draw.

“There is so much hope and good feeling in our camp. The performance against Cameroon, who have players from some top leagues in Europe, was encouraging. We are hoping for the best, especially that we are playing at home,” he said.

Cameroon scored the only goal of the match through Eric Choupo-Moting.

The Belgian has since recalled Flames under-20 starlet Peter Banda, Silver Strikers’ playmaker Levison Maganizo and Be Forward Wanderers goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya.

RVG also hinted that he could make changes to the side that lost in Yaoundé.

“It is possible to change because we have a very tight recovery period,” he said.

Following the loss, Malawi are still third in group B with three points from three games, whereas Cameroon have seven points. Morocco are second with six points while Comoros anchor the table with a point.

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