Flames to start World Cup qualifiers campaign away

Malawi Flames

The Malawi national football team will start another tough journey in June as they eye World Cup qualification.

The Flames just qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations last week by beating Uganda, but will not have more time to rest as they are expected to start the World Cup qualifiers with Cameroon away.

According to the fixture released by CAF, the two sides will have to clash in the group stages between June 5-8 this year.

CAF released full fixture for the Africa group stages of the 2022 World Cup after the games were stopped due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

While the AFCON group B looked simpler with teams like Uganda, Burkina Faso, and South Sudan, that is not the case with World Cup qualifiers.

The Meck Mwase led side will have to run shoulders with teams like Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique both home and away. 

According to the fixture, the Flames will then host their neighbours, Mozambique between June 11-14, before welcoming Ivory Coast at Kamuzu Stadium between September 1-4.

Malawi will then travel to Ivory Coast some days later for the second leg encounter, before crashing with Cameroon at home between October 6-9.

Mozambique away game will be the last one for the Flames between October 10-12.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it needs over K1 billion for the team to participate in the two competitions.

According to FAM president, Walter Nyamilandu, World Cup qualifiers alone including preparations would cost the association over K621 million.

According to CAF, the winners of the 10 groups will qualify for the next round where they will face off to identify the five teams that will qualify for the World Cup in Qatar next year.