Flames at Afcon to compete, not participate- Nyamilandu

Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu Manda has assured Malawians that the Flames has the potential to compete and not just participate at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The Malawi national football team qualified for the AFCON finals after booting out Uganda 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium.

This is the third time for the team to qualify for the continental showpiece since 1984. 

Speaking during a cocktail to mark the celebrations of the AFCON Trophy which was in the country on Tuesday, Nyamilandu said he has hope in the Flames philosophy and is sure they are not going to the competition just to add numbers.

"We have a strong and talented squad and I keep saying that our philosophy remains to see the team play like Spanish top league club, Barcelona," he said.

The former Fifa council member then commended Flames coach, Meck Mwase and his technical staff for the effort to take the team back to AFCON after 11 years. 

The trophy was paraded in the streets of Blantyre in the afternoon.

Malawi received the trophy as one of the qualifying teams which is the tradition by the sponsors.

Mwase attended the parade and said this will inspire his boys to work hard and ensure they bring the cup to Malawi.

Currently, Malawi is playing the World Cup qualifiers and some analysts have urged the team to concentrate on Afcon preparations.