Flames off to Morocco


The Malawi National football team will arrive in Rabat, Morocco, this afternoon for their crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday.

The team left Malawi on Wednesday through the Chileka International Airport for the massive showdown against one of Africa’s deadliest teams.

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The Flames started their qualification campaign with a 1-nil home win over Comoros Island but they now face a daunting task if they are to keep their dreams of making it to Morocco alive.

Flames players at Chileka Airport on Wednesday.

Ronny Van Geneugden has traveled with the 20-member squad, dropping in-form Yamikani Chester, Peter Cholopi, Gastin Simkonda and Robin Ngalande with Atusaye Nyondo, Gabadinho Mhango and Gerald Phiri Jnr all returning to the team.

The last time Malawi made it to AFCON finals was in 2010 where they won their opening match against Algeria but went on to lose to Angola and Mali to exit the tournament in the group stages.

The match against Morocco will be RVG’s first ultimate test since he took over from his predecessor Ernest Mtawali.

Under his tutelage, the national team has won twice, drawn nine and lost four.


Below is the 20-man squad that has made it to Rabat:



  1. Charles Swini
  2. Brighton Munthali



  1. Denis Chembezi
  2. Stanley Sanudi
  3. Limbikani Oscar Mzava
  4. John Lanjesi
  5. Yamikani Fodya
  6. Gomezgani Chirwa
  7. Precious Mavuto Sambani



  1. Jabulani Ali Linje
  2. Gerald Keith Phiri
  3. Frank Banda
  4. John Banda
  5. Rafick Namwera
  6. Alfred Junior Manyozo



  1. Richard Mbulu
  2. Gabadinho Hellings Mhango
  3. Atusaye Nyondo
  4. Chiukepo Msowoya
  5. Patrick Phiri



  1. Malawi is gonna win 2..1 we love you we love your plans then we need to win to promote in our country are we supporting for you God be with them play with the team for Malawi

  2. The Malawi is gonna be best Malawi is gonna win I wish Malawi to win congratulation the people the whole supporting the Malawian because our team the one year we like it the flames that is our team let’s go people Malawian to come together to supporting our team for the plants the one our team good luck

  3. Wishing my Flames good luck, there nothing impossible if you believe. Kawawonetseni anthurium akuMorocco that Malawi football rocks!!!! Good luck

  4. All the best guys,David did the same to Goliath,make us proud this time..

  5. All the best flames.Surely you will make it this time.Tichotseni manyazi guys

  6. Why RVG left Ngalande anyway wish flames zabwino zonse

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