Tough times ahead for the Flames


Malawi national football team coach Meke Mwase is against the decision made by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to move the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals by a year to 2022.

On Tuesday, CAF announced that the AFCON finals will be played from January to February in 2022 in Cameroon and the decision has been made as most of the African countries have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mwase, the move will affect the flames as the qualifiers will also be moved to later dates which can make the team to play any game in the remaining months of the year 2020.

“We can acknowledge that the style of play of the team improved and signs were showing that if the team can play together often then we could have a strong national team. Now that the finals have been moved to 2022, this is a big blow to the team as we might need to start all over again once the qualifiers resume.

“There is little that CAF could do as they want to protect its stakeholders from the coronavirus which has also affected our local league. The super league season is yet to kick-off making it worse for me as a national team coach as I also depend on players from these local teams for the team to do well,” he said.

The Malawi national football team is on 3rd position in group B of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers after playing two games with Uganda and Burkina Faso top of the standings respectively with South Sudan bottom of the group.

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