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Defining moment for the Flames

The Malawi senior national football team is in a must win situation today if they are to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for 2022 in Morocco.

Malawi is on Monday afternoon hosting the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the second leg of the campaign.

The match comes barely four days after they last battled it out in Ouagadougou where the Flames suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the hosts.

Burkina Faso scored through Lassina Troure’s brace on 2 and 26 minutes respectively.

Malawi’s Gerald Phiri Junior scored the only goal for his side through a penalty before Dabo Bryn made it 3 for the hosts with three minutes before regulation time.

In group B, Uganda and Burkina Faso are tied at 7 points while Malawi is third with three points.

South Sudan anchor the group with no point.

Malawi should strive to win and pray that South Sudan emerge victors over Uganda if their qualifying hopes are to remain.

Flames mentor Meke Mwase knows it’s a challenging task ahead but believes, “The boys are ready and geared to win.”

Mwase further says, “We have worked on the problems we saw during our away game and we hope we will carry the day.”

Sharing his thoughts of the match, one of the Stallions players, Bertrand Traore who also ply his trade in the English Premier League side, Aston Villa believes it is going to be a difficult match having watched Malawi at his home soil.

“Of course I did not play the previous game but Malawi are a better side and I think it will be a difficult task this afternoon.”

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As instructed by the continental soccer governing body, CAF, the match will be played without spectators in view of Covid-19.

The last time Malawi qualified for the AFCON was in 2010  when the team was being coached by Kinnah Phiri.

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