Malawi to play Rwanda in friendly on August 14

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has finally ended days of speculation by announcing that the Flames will be meeting Rwanda in a strength-testing match on August 14.

The international match is part of Flames’ preparations ahead of the make or break encounter against Super Eagles of Nigeria in World Cup qualifier scheduled for September 7.

FAM Chief Executive Officer, Suzgo Nyirenda, said the soccer governing body had settled for Rwanda on the FIFA calendar date after successfully agreeing on terms for the friendly match.

“The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) will take care of the hotel accommodation/meals and local transport for the 25 member-team that will travel to Kigali while FAM will only meet traveling expenses for its delegation,” Nyirenda said.

Flames coach Saintfeit to have preparations against Rwanda-Photo Cosafa
Flames coach Saintfeit to have preparations against Rwanda-Photo Cosafa

Before the announcement, there were a lot of speculations on who the Flames would play in a strength testing match with teams like Cameroun, Ethiopia and Jordan being possible candidates.

Nyirenda said the Flames are expected to travel to Kigali on Sunday, 11th August, and return home on 15th August.

The FAM CEO hoped the friendly match against the East Africans will give Flames’ new Coach Tom Saintfiet an opportunity to try his tactics as the team prepares for the crucial encounter scheduled for Calabar.

Meanwhile, Saintfiet was expected to name his squad to go into camp next week in preparation for the friendly match.

Saintfiet has already lost two games out of two since he took over the reigns a few weeks ago but he remains upbeat that he will lead Flames to victory against Nigeria and proceed in the world’s top soccer showpiece.

Nigeria needs a draw to make it to last qualifying round while the Flames need a win.

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