Malawi national football team, the Flames, has been drawn against Chad in the first game of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers for the 2015 edition in a draw conducted over the weekend in Cairo, Egypt.
The first round qualifiers will be played on the weekend of May 17 2014 in Blantyre, according to the draw for the 2015 Afcon qualifiers held at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) headquarters in Egypt on Sunday. The second leg between the weekend of May 30th and June 1st.
The winner of the game between Malawi and Chad will date either Sao Tome e Principe or Benin to decide who proceeds to group B comprising seeded Mali, Ethiopia and Algeria.
Chad forced a 2-2 draw with Malawi in 2011 to prevent the Flames, who needed a win, from making the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
Flames deputy coach Jack Chamangwana described the fixture as “tricky”.
But Chamangwana said the coaches have an added advantage since they already know how their opponents play.
“It is a tricky game and what we need is to prepare well and if we win here, we will have a chance to proceed,” said Chamangwana.
“The good thing is that we know Chad because we already played them” he added.
Holders Nigeria were drawn with South Africa in one of seven qualifying groups. North African rivals Tunisia and Egypt will face each other; Ghana will meet Togo, and Ivory Coast and Cameroon are drawn together.
The group matches will be played 5-6 September and 10 September; 10-11 October and 15 October; 14-15 November and 19 November.