A win for Malawi national team in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match in Yaoundé against Cameroon will certainly be the greatest triumph for the Flames as they would break their losing jinx in West and Central Africa alone.
Since 1980, in which they made their first trip to West Africa where they lost 0-3 to Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier on June 29, the Flames have never won a match in 24 outings and the best results were draws — 0-0 against the same Indomitable Lions on January 8, 1995 in a 1996 AFCON qualifier, one-all draw with Togo in a 2012 AFCON qualifier and a 0-0 draw against Guinea in March 2016 in the 2017 AFCON qualifier.
Former Flames captain and now assistant coach Peter Mponda told Football Association of Malawi (FAM) website, that Friday’s encounter against Indomitable Lions is an opportunity for the team to end this curse, saying only self-belief and determination for the current crop of players is the only way to overcome this winless run.
“ We have come here on a number of occasions but have lost matches due to lack of self-belief. We fail to play our normal game.
“ We have told the boys to forget about the names and history but just believe in themselves and we will break this jinx on Friday,” Mponda told www.fam.mw.
Cameroon have assembled a very strong side that has all foreign-based players except just one locally based.
The following is a summary of Malawi’s results in the West and Central Africa:
08/03/84 v Nigeria 2-2 AFCON finals (group stage)
11/03/84 v Ghana 0-1 AFCON finals (group stage)
19/06/87 v Cote d’Ivoire 0-2 AFCON qualifier
11/07/93 v Mali 1-2 AFCON qualifier
08/01/95 v Cameroon 0-0 AFCON qualifier
04/06/00 v Nigeria 2-3 Friendly
06/06/00 v Nigeria 1-4 Friendly
28/01/01 v Guinea 1-1 World Cup qualifier
21/04/01 v Burkina Faso 2-1 World Cup qualifier
07/06/03 v Nigeria 1-4 AFCON qualifier
04/09/05 v Guinea 1-3 AFCON/World Cup qualifier
29/03/09 v Cote d’Ivoire 0-5 AFCON/World Cup qualifier
21/06/09 v Guinea 1-2 AFCON/World Cup qualifier
14/11/09 v Burkina Faso 0-1 AFCON/World Cup qualifier
09/06/10 v Togo 1-1 AFCON qualifier
07//10/11 v Chad 2-2 AFCON qualifier
04/09/12 v Liberia 0-1 Friendly
07/09/12 v Ghana 0-2 AFCON qualifier
06/09/13 v Nigeria 0-2 World Cup qualifier
31/05/14 v Chad 3-1 AFCON qualifier
20/06/14 v Benin 0-1 AFCON qualifier
07/09/14 v Mali 0-2 AFCON qualifier
22/03/16 v Sierra Leone 1-1 Friendly
25/03/16 Guinea 0-0 AFCON qualifierFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :