The Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations trophy is in Malawi and it is today being paraded around the city of Blantyre and some of its residential areas.
The arrival of the trophy is in recognition of Malawi's qualification for next year's showcase.
On the streets though there was some sort of pessimism.
"I don't think we'll win the trophy, angodzivutitsa kuchibweretsa kuno [they've just taken the trouble for nothing by bringing it Malawi]," said one vendor along Victoria avenue.
Another was of the view that a more sporty person or even a Flames player or a model could have been used to show off the trophy.