Malawi national football team, the Flames have finally been invited as guests at this year’s Council of East and Central Africa (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup and have been handed a tough group following the draw on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam.
The Flames were pooled in Group C with Kenya’s Harambee Stars, 2012 African Cup of Nations bound Sudan and Eritrea.
Twelve teams were included in the draw and placed in three groups of four teams each. Organisers have said the fixtures will be released by the end of the week.
Defending champions and hosts Tanzania are in Group A, together with Rwanda, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Uganda are top seeds in Group B that also has Burundi, Zanzibar and Somalia.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi CEO Suzgo Nyirenda told Nyasa Times that they have forwarded the invitation from CECAFA to government for approval with the foreign travel ban in Malawi due to forex shortage
Malawi participated last season where they lost 1-0 in the quarters against Ivory Coast.
Before crossing over to Cosafa (Council of Southern Africa Football Associations), Malawi won the tournament three times (1978, 1979 and 1988).
Uganda are still the record champions with 11 titles followed by Kenya (five) and Ethiopia (four). Rwanda’s only triumph dates back to 1999.
Group A: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti
Group B: Uganda, Burundi, Somalia and Zanzibar.
Group C: Kenya, Sudan, Malawi and EritreaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :