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This is scaring

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The football fraternity has all the reasons to get worried as the Flames are in the same Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2019 qualifying group with giants Cameroon, Morocco and eventual winner between Seychelles and Mauritius.

The Flames will have their first assignment in June but it is sad and disheartening that there is nothing happening on the ground except the usual mere political rhetoric.

It is annoying that there is this business as usual attitude and yet our two opponents; Morocco and Cameroon are busy playing at the ongoing Afcon finals in Gabon.

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The Flames have been dormant since September 2016 and one expect such rusty players to bring home results when they play against formidable sides.

For over two decades I have been in the tranches covering football, I have never seen Malawi organised when it comes to preparations for international competitions.

The reality still remains that this is the team that has been breaking my heart for the past 24 years, but the goodness is that I had to resign to the reality that I am part of the failure.

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Memories still haunt me when the Flames failed to maintain an away 2-1 lead in Ndjamena and ended up conceding two goals from the home team to seal our fate of qualifying for the 2012 Afcon finals.

This is the same Flames that made me weep bitterly when we also failed to maintain a 1-0 lead in Maputo and conceded two goals in a space of five minutes to dump our chances of qualifying for 1998 Afcon finals in Burkina Faso.

I still weep bitterly when I see these emotional scars inflicted on me by the Flames.

There are plenty of heart breaking moments I have suffered because of the Flames and it pains me when some people, masquerading as government officials, take their time to make decisions in as far as preparations for the international competitions are concerned.

It is an open secret that this is a country that is ravaged by dire poverty due to the serious looting of public resources, and no wonder our authorities have no time to think about sports and other basic social amenities.

Enriched by the stories I have been reading in our dailies this week, I have all the reason to appreciate why sports in Malawi is not fully supported and yet it is supposed to be an organising tool for unity.

It is total madness that a priceless sport like football is rarely discussed in parliament when in other serious countries a national football team has a special vote in the national budget.

It is ridiculous that up to date the team has no coach let alone players worth competing at the highest level and yet we dream of qualifying for the 2019 finals.

This just underscores the fact that Malawians have perfected the art of mediocrity. This is scaring.

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