By Afeseh Apong
The Flames of Malawi have beaten their own personal record at the African Nations Cup Ongoing in Cameroon.
The Flames were held to a zero all tie by Senegal on Tuesday at the Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium, in a game that saw the Video Assistant Referee stepping in to deny Mario Marinica’s side a penalty, after Bouna Saar appeared to have fouled Chirwa in the Senegalese box at the 76 minutes.
With a point recorded against Senegal, it means that Malawi finished third in group B with four points, same number of points as second placed Guinea.
In fact, it was actually the first time that the Flames have recorded up to four points in an AFCON competition, and also the first time they are finishing bottom of the group, like was the case in their two previous participations in 1984 and 2010.
In the 1984 edition, Malawi was in the same group alongside Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana. In their first group game that year, they suffered a three nil bashing from Algeria, but played a two all tie with Nigeria during their second group game. Waya Harry and Msiya were on target for the Flames on that day.
A one nil defeat to Ghana in their last group game meant they finished bottom of the group with just one point.
In Angola 2010, Malawi was making just their second appearance at the competition. Paired against host Angola, Algeria, and Mali, Malawi dispatched Algeria three nil on day one, with goals from Mwafulirwa, Kafoteka and Banda.
Defeats to Angola (2#0) and a 3#1 bashing from Mali, ended their campaign, as they finished bottom with three points.
Now in their third AFCON participation, Malawi has beaten their own personal best records, as they total four points, and are on the brink of going above the group stage for the first time in the country’s AFCON history.
The upward movement since 1984, shows that it is work in progress for the Flames.
All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written, or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from our management.
This site is not responsible for the content displayed by external sites