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Malawi: Flames Charm the World After AFCON Sensation


Malawi National Football Team have charmed the world with their sensational run at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon.

The Flames made history by qualifying for the knockout stages for the first time in history after an impressive performance with a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe, goalless draw against heavyweights Senegal and a marginal 1-0 loss to Guinea after featuring a depleted team due to Covud-19.

They completed the fairy-tale run with a sensational 2-1 loss to another powerhouse Morocco in which South Africa-based striker Gabadinho Mhango’s sevnth minute goal was voted Goal of the Day and stands a chance to compete for Goal of the Tournament.

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera commended the team despite failing to qualify for the quarter-finals, which would have made another milestone.

Reads the statement released after the game on Tuesday: “The Flames, I am personally filled with joy and gratefulness for the remarkable performance you have displayed at the Afcon tournament. You have written a new history of our nation’s football.

“Although you did not qualify to the next round, you have left all of us feeling very proud of you and with much hope for a brighter future in football. Walk with you heads held high and we wait to welcome you back home with pride. Flames Moto kuti buu!!!!

Vice-President Saulos Chilima simply said: “Tough luck, Flames. You gave it all. We are proud of you.”

Zambia’s English Premier League league professional player with Leicester City Patrick Daka also offered his support to the Flames.