Malawi to face Tanzania in World Cup qualifying

Malawi national football team, the Flames, have been drawn in the same World Cup 2018 qualifying group as Tanzania’s Taifa Stars.

Flames to face Taifa Stars...Photo FAM
Flames to face Taifa Stars…Photo FAM

The draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifying stage took place in St Petersburg host nation Russia on Saturday.

Winners of Malawi and Tanzania will face Highest-ranked African team Algeria, who took eventual 2014 world champions Germany to extra time in a last-16 clash in Brazil.

The two-leg first-round ties are scheduled to be played between October 5 and 13 with the second-round fixtures to be staged between November 9 and 17 this year.

Places in the group stage await the 20 second-round winners with the five table-toppers going to Russia.

World Cup 2010 host South Africa have been handed a tough draw in the second round as they clash with Angola.

Cameroon start campaigning for a record-extending eighth appearance by an African team with an away game against Somalia or Niger.

Nigeria, the second most frequent African qualifiers, look set to tackle Swaziland, who should eliminate bottom-of-the-rankings Djibouti in a first round confined to the weaker nations.

Cup of Nations title-holders Ivory Coast and Ghana, the team they defeated on penalties in the final last February, are chasing fourth consecutive World Cup appearances.

The Ivorians begin with a visit to Liberia or Guinea-Bissau while Ghana travel to the Comoros Islands off the south-east coast or Lesotho.

Egypt are winners of the Cup of Nations a record seven times but have repeatedly struggled to qualify for the World Cup. They have drawn either Chad or Sierra Leone.

Debutants South Sudan face Mauritania and Mauritius play Kenya in the first round.

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Jonathan mbewe
Jonathan mbewe
5 years ago

Malawi isamalowe nawo mu mpikisano umenewu its jst wst of tym and money

JACOB KINGSLEY WAPITA
5 years ago

MALAWI DE FLAMES WILL B PLAYING MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE.

el- Chapo(small in stature. big in mind )
el- Chapo(small in stature. big in mind )
5 years ago

We don’t have the players to beat Tanzania. Tiyeni tidzingolima chamba kuno, idzi za mpira sitiphulapo kanthu.

skirt chaser
skirt chaser
5 years ago

very tough format i tell you!

obwande
obwande
5 years ago

Weak opponet for us to sell through.

the citizen...
the citizen...
5 years ago

Copy and paste!!! NYASATIMES GUYS you should have watched the draw live on TV and make your story to show maturity in journalism. But here you have just copied from BBC… SHAME!!!!

Kadakwiza
Kadakwiza
5 years ago

Tanzania is tough.

bheka chitinyira ngulube

Flames.this tym around make us pride

Danwellphiri
Danwellphiri
5 years ago

Malawi wooooyee

kennie kodah zulu
kennie kodah zulu
5 years ago

This will be our chance to avenge on Algeria after what they did last year a 5 – 0 aggregate

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