Wadabwa, Gaba, Chiukepo start upfront for the Flames


Forwards Peter Wadabwa, Gabadinho Mhango and Chiukepo Msowoya all lead the Malawi national football team upfront in this afternoon’s crucial match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Coach Ernest Mtawali has named his starting line up which is of course a promising 4-3-3 formation which has apparently been receiving praises from fans in Malawi bearing in mind that this is a must win game for the Flames if their chances of qualifying for the continental showdown in Gabon next year are meant to be kept alive.

The Flames need nothing but a win today.

Mtawali has reacted to the goalkeeping woes the team has fallen to by starting Charles Swini this time around in the posts. The H.B. Songo F.C keeper will have to rely on veteran Harry Nyirenda who partners Stanley Sanudi, Francis Mlimbika and John Lanjesi as defenders, manning the Flames goalkeepers and of course keeping the Warriors at bay.

In the midfield, the surprise package is ofcourse Wonderful Jereman. But the Silver Strikers maestro will perhaps bank on the experience of veteran Joseph Kamwendo. Gerlad Phiri Jnr also joins the fun of ball distribution and attacking in the midfield.

The all but important job per say lie in three front men.

Wadabwa who has over the years raised his for has made it back to the Flames squad. He starts alongside captain Msowoya and Mhango-whose heroics some years back nearly earned him the saviour tag for the team.

Flames starting line up.

Charles Swini

Stanely sanudi
John Lanjesi
Francis Mulimbika
Harry Nyirenda

Joseph kamwendo
Wonderful Jereman
Gerald Phiri Jnr


Peter Wadabwa
Gabadinho Mhango
Chiukepo Msowoya

Zimbabwe lead Group L with eight points and can qualify for the biennial soccer showcase if they beat Malawi at home and Guinea fails to beat Swaziland.

Both Swaziland and Guinea are tied on five points each with Malawi at the foot of the table with two points.

(Malawi24 will provide live text feeds on the match through our Facebook Page and Twitter account as well.)

Game starts at 3 P.M , Malawian time.



  1. ma plyayer onse anapita ku zimbabwe ndiofoira & amafunika pochoka kuja ayende pansi coz amatitukwanitsa kwambiri zoona kumalephera control…. ?? machende awo amenewa.,,,

  2. Pangani Zakupysa Tilipambuyo Panu, Tsogozani Mulungu

  3. mulungu ndamuona ali mbali yathu mu tsiku lalero, wakonzeka kupututa misonzi yathu mu tsiku ili .mwachikhulupiliro tiwina tinalakwanji amalawi?

  4. Koma ndakatulo ya chiwamba lero iyenda malonda ndipo yabwera munthawi yake. Sindingasapote frames koma ndingowafunira zabwino zonse anyamata awa: wadabwa, sanudi & mlimbika

  5. Go go go go flames, for once make us proud back home…defile the odds. A win iz possible, and impossible is nothing, no fear….malawi the flames!!

  6. all the best to u guys goooooo Malawi goooo flame

  7. Where is Peter Wadabwa is playing now? I last heard about him when he was playing in South Africa, he is a quality striker

  8. Vuto lake chi team chake chinazolowera ku luza chosachikwera ungakhumudwe mapeto ake but anyway gud luck

  9. Bo! bo! bo! bo!, khabada! khabada!, nebada! nebada! Awa ndi ena mwa malirime amene akumveka kuphiri komwe ife tiri, we’re praying kuti Flames isachite kubwera ndi zigoli zochuluka kuposa ma colours a flag ya Malawi.

  10. i c the president (APM) welcoming the guys,i c malawians smiling & why did they leave it late u c swaziland has drawn with guinea ooh poor flames this is just a wish but as far as i know malawi sizatheka ithera draw 0-0

  11. Ambuye chotsani chitonzo kwa team ya dziko langa flames kuti oyipayo achite manyazi. at least its a gud line up lets hope malawi wil make it

  12. Wishing you all the best anyamata timakunyadirani

  13. Poti ndi team ya dziko langa ndiyeb aaaa choncho tikagulab mabattery tiumvere movuta momwemo.Koma lineup yalero ili bho mot mtima ukumandilimba komanso ndalota madolo ali ku frant wa atangwedeza ukonde.Lastly,i am saticfied with the syctem itseif,i hope n believ tht we gon deaft.

  14. Our national team is addicted to losing . Don’t take them too seriously , otherwise you’ll have a heart attack at the end of the game .

  15. Zimbabwe itabwela kuno2 sinamenye mpira,,,,,ife tinaonela game,zinangochitika tinaluza bt t all remains 2b seen 2dae,dont discount MW yet.an2 otani inu?leave Malawi’s economic crisis out of futball,tisapote basi.

  16. Ndinamuunikira zimenezo coach ndipo wandivetsadi akuoneka kuti ndiovera za ife amene timautsata mpira momwe ukuyendera…zilibwino titenga cup imeneyi..

  17. kuwAONA anthu wakumenya mpira wabwino komalixa, gaba aliku big bullets…….chiukepo aliku #Baka secondary/ #Kraads….. wadabwa aliku under 20 national team, ,,,,,

  18. Unbalanced line up.The midifield needs real ball winners.In this line we ‘ve none.which makes it difficult for our defence to hold on the likes of khama. All the best ma flames panado wanga ndasunga.

  19. YES!!!! its onother sick day aday most Malawians suffer from hyertension secondary to poor perfomance and results of the” punching bags”aka flames, Nothing they can do than loosing with a sizable margin befitting their size!!!!

  20. Stupid line up,why leave out industrious John Banda on the bench and opt for gerlad junior who has been inactive for a long time??silly coaches.

  21. I will never be happy if the so called Flames win today. U guyz u dont kno zimbabwe, she iz gonna crush yu to ashez at deir own backyard. malawi team does nothin to us en thus no need to supot t. I wud rather ask malawians to beef up funds fo National Netbal team osati zosasambazi….LOSE MALAWI LOSE LOSE

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