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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:13

2021 AFCON qualifiers dates out

Written by  Mphatso Sam

Blantyre, July 31, 2019: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced dates for the 2021 Cameroon Total African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers which will start in November 2019 through to November 2020.

The Flames were drawn in Group B of the AFCON qualifiers alongside Uganda, Burkina Faso and Seychelles/South Sudan and were also seeded in the third level which meant that they will start the competition in group stages.

According to a fixture released by CAF on Tuesday, the Flames will kick-off the AFCON campaign at home against the winner between South Sudan and Seychelles followed by a trip to Uganda between November 11 and 19, 2019.

The team will then face Burkina Faso back to back starting with an away fixture between August 31 and September 8, 2020. The Malawi football team will either be away to Sudan or Seychelles between October 5 and October 13, 2020.

After starting the 2021 AFCON Group B qualifiers at home, the Flames will also finish their campaign at home against Uganda between November 9 and 17, 2020.

“CAF will fix the kick-off time and the day of the matches after consulting the host federations. The top two teams from the group will qualify for the final tournament,” a statement from CAF reads.

South Sudan, who are on position 168 and Seychelles on position 194 on the FIFA rankings will join the group after the preliminary round qualifiers which will start in October 2020. Meanwhile, Burkina Faso are the highest ranked team (50) followed by Uganda, who are ranked 80.

Flames Head Coach, Meke Mwase said the team needs to have full time preparations and support from Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and the government as well as other stakeholders to qualify for the tournament.

“Although this looks to be a fair group, we need FAM to help us plan well for the games. The team also needs to be fully prepared tactically, physically, psychologically and technically. We need to start camping as soon as possible,” Mwase said.

However, FAM Communications and Competitions Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka said the release of the fixture will give chance to the coach and the association to start the logistical preparations in good time.

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