Flames’ Zambia headache back at Cosafa

Flames Cosafa

The Malawi national football team technical panel’s has a new headache-to devise techniques to go past Zambia as the two teams will clash again in the Cosafa Cup this year.

Malawi struggles everytime they play Chipolopolo and the Cosafa draw held on Thursday places the two sides in the same group B together with Madagascar and Comoros.

In 2019, Malawi were booted out of the competition in the quarterfinals by Zambia through post-match penalties 4-2, after a two-all result in regulation time.

The Flames proceeded to the Plate semifinals where they beat Comoros 2-1, but surrendered the Plate to South Africa after a 5-4 defeat to South Africa in post match penalties following the goalless draw.

Zambia were crowned champions after defeating Botswana 1-0.

Malawi beat Sychelles 3-0, Namibia 2-1, and a one-all draw with Mozambique

This year, the competition will have a new format with the 12 teams split into three groups each containing four teams.

This ensures each side will play a minimum of three matches.

The top team in each pool, as well as the best second-placed finisher, will advance to the semifinals, and there will be no Plate competition.

Previous six teams were seeded and started the competition from quarterfinals while the other eight played in the preliminary group stages to determine the other two quarterfinalists.

Full draw:

Group A

South Africa

Lesotho

Eswatini

Botswana

 

Group B

Zambia

Malawi

Madagascar

Comoros

Group C

Senegal

Zimbabwe

Mozambique

Namibia