Caf confirms dates for Malawi’s Afcon qualifiers


The Confederation of African Football has confirmed the dates for Malawi’s last two Afcon qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda in March.

In March, countries across the continent will be battling out to secure their spots at the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon.

Caf had initially planned on hosting the tournament this month, but the Covid19 outbreak brought everything to a stand-still which led to the tournament being moved to January 2022.

The Flames will first face South Sudan away from home on Wednesday March 24 before hosting Uganda five days later. Malawi still has a chance of qualifying for the 33rd edition of the continental showpiece, but they must win all two of their remaining games in the group.

Burkina Faso leads the pack with eight points followed by the Cranes of Uganda with seven points and the Flames have four points in third place. South Sudan sits at the bottom of the group with only three points and it would take a miracle for them to make it through to Cameroon.

The top two teams qualify for the continental showpiece and in Group B the final two will be determined in match day five and six of the qualifiers.

In the last international break, the Flames managed to get just one point from their double-header with Burkina Faso. The West African side won the first game before a dull 0-0 draw in the return leg in Blantyre.

Gomezgani Zakazaka who is the director of communications and competitions for the Football Association of Malawi said the Uganda match will be played at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

“We have received the confirmation from Caf about the dates and kick-off times. We are just waiting for the away match venue.

“As FAM we will now start planning for the two matches, technically and operationally to ensure that we are prepared to compete as a team as well deliver the home match. These are must win matches as we need maximum points for us to qualify for Afcon.”

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