After subjecting the Malawi national soccer team to all forms of torture when the Flames were in Djamena for the 2012 last Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier game, Chad will be at pains to believe that they will meet the very same Malawi in the preliminary round of the 2013 Afcon qualifiers next year.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF ) has announced the preliminary match for the 2013 Afcon with Malawi travelling to Djamena for the first leg.
When the Flames were in Djamena, Chad ill treated them with no-one to welcome them at the airport, being given sub standard accommodation at Santana hotel and a substandard dusty training ground to frustrate them ahead of their qualifier that ended 2 – 2.
Reacting to the announcement, Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu Manda says its payback time now for Chad.
“We are very excited that we will be meeting them again after all they torture they inflicted on us a couple of weeks ago and it’s now time for them to pay dearly for their sins,” he told Nyasa Times.
Nyamilandu said Chad played the clever one without realising that anything in football can happen and that the two teams might meet again, saying it’s good that the first game will be played there.
“I hope this time they will give us a good reception knowing that they will come here for the return leg, we will not revenge but will give them a lesson by beating them on the field and welcoming them as we always do,” he added.
The preliminary phase of the qualifiers will start with the countries who failed to qualify for the 2012 Afcon finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
About 15 countries that make it through the preliminary qualifiers will be drawn against 15 teams from the 2012 tournament.
South Africa qualifies automatically as hosts. All 16 teams who will compete in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon get a bye to the final round of qualifiers.
Preliminary round one
Seychelles v Swaziland
Sao Tome v Lesotho
Preliminary round two
Ethiopia v Benin
Rwanda v Nigeria
Congo Brazzaville v Uganda
Burundi v Zimbabwe
Algeria v Gambia
Kenya v Togo
Sao Tome/Lesotho v Sierra Leone
Guinea Bissau v Cameroon
Chad v Malawi
Tanzania v Mozambique
Central African Republic v Egypt
Madagascar v Cape Verde
Liberia v Namibia