BY LUSEKERO MHANGO in Karonga
Malawi’s qualification to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has energized the flames flag carriers to target the World Cup qualifiers.
The flames reclaimed it's foot ball history after edging Uganda Cranes 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last week.
The country's appearance at the final will be the third after making it in 1984 and 2010.
After achieving the impossible in making it to Cameroon 2022, the Flames will look to make history again in making it to a maidden World Cup in Qatar.
Drawn in a tough group that consist of West Africa’s power house nations of Cameroon and Ivory Coast as well as neighbouring Mozambique, it’s no doubt about it that the Flames face an uphill task to achieve the ultimate dream of appearing at a world cup.
But as shown in making it to the Africa’s show peace tournament, Malawi can no longer be discounted and dismissed as the whooping boys of the world cup qualifying group that contains professional players in big European leagues.
If the flames can haul six points in their last two qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda to seal their qualification to Cameroon who knows what they can achieve if given the resources and time.
Ironically, the man behind the Flames success is former TNM Stars coach Meck Mwase.
After trying several expatriates, Football Association of Malawi settled for Mwase, though still many doubted and are still doubting his capabilities.
But the coach has proved his mettle by succeeding where others failed.
As Rudoviko Nyrenda a Sports Pundit, observes empowering a local coach is the best way to go as proven in the qualification to afcon.
“We have a lot of talented players and the only way we can get the best out of the is through empowering our local coach and as a country I’m glad that we have one at the helm of our national team hence achieving the dream of a world cup is possible,” told _The Citizen Eye_
Echoing Nyirenda’s sentiments the flames coach Meke Mwase, said he always believed the country had enough talent and players to qualify for a major tournament.
“I always said it that we have plenty of talent in the country. What we only need to do is to have belief in our players.
“When we lost our two back to back qualifiers against Uganda and Burkina Faso, people ruled us out. But we had self-belief that we can make it and that remains for the world cup.”
Meanwhile the Malawi National team will be next in action in June when they will face two back to back world cup qualifiers, beginning with the donting trip to Yaoundé to face Cameroon before returning home to face neighbours Mozambique.
Malawi National Team