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The Flames failed to burn Kenya’s Harambe Stars The Flames failed to burn Kenya’s Harambe Stars Image sourced at nation.co.ke

Flames Fail To Burn Stars

Written by  Written By MarcFarlane MBEWE in the Commercial Capital, Blantyre Apr 20, 2017

Belgian national, Ronny Van Geneugden, on 18 April started off with a goalless draw in his first international outing with the Malawi senior national football team.

Playing in their first international engagement since September, last year, the Flames failed to burn Kenya’s Harambe Stars, who were playing at home in the county of Machakos.

Using a 4-5-1 formation Malawi, made three changes in the second half but remained flameless to the last whistle.

Malawi’s first change came in the 64th minute when Dalitso Sayilesi was brought in for Simeon Singa.  A minute later Kelvin Hanganda of Kamuzu Barracks was brought out for his domestic team mate Harvey Nkancha. Defender Yamikani Fodya came in for attacker Gilbert Chirwa in the 82nd minute.

Both sides fielded domestic players. The test match gave Van Geneugden, who signed a two-year deal 12 days-ago, an  opportunity to assess his 18-man squad as Flames are on 23 April expected play against Madagascar away in Antananarivo at the Stade Municipal De Mahamasina.

While the Stars used the match to prepare for a 2019 AFCON qualifier away in Sierra Leone.

Information sourced on 11v11.com indicates that head-to-head Malawi have beaten Kenya 20 times, in their 47 encounters which date back to 6 July 1968.

Played at the Kamuzu Stadium, the match ended in a 2-all draw.

The two national sides have drawn in fourteen encounters, scoring 107 goals in the process.  

This Sunday’s match will mark the first international competitive game this year for Malawi.

It is the first leg of the country’s 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) preliminary round qualification campaign.

A return match is scheduled to be played in two-week’s time at the Bingu National Stadium, Malawi’s new home ground.

A win against Madagascar will see Malawi play against Mozambique to determine who will move on to the group stage of the 2018 CHAN also referred to as TOTAL African Nations Championship to be hosted by Kenya from 11 January to 2 February.

 

 

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