The Malawi national soccer team has done what it will always do, disappointing the soccer fans after it played to a goalless draw against Ethiopia at Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo, Mozambique.
Malawi needed a win if her chances of qualifying to the AFCON 2023 edition in Ivory Coast were to be alive. With this result, it means without kicking a ball, Guinea have scooped second place in group D and have therefore qualified for AFCON 2023 alongside Group Winners Egypt.
Malawi was fooled by the fast and very furious football philosophy introduced by an expatriate Mario Marinica who was sacked by the Football Association after it discovered that he was but not up to the task.
Patrick Mabedi was given the responsibility to lead the flames in the remaining two matches against Ethiopia today and against Guinea. This means that the game against Guinea will just be ceremonial.
“We are not a footballing nation and therefore, us soccer fans should not be expecting a lot from the Flames. Even when we qualified for AFCON in Cameroon last time, the torture that we soccer fans were subjected to when the team played Morocco should tell us all that we are not to the task. So yes, let us be participating in these competitions but it is preposterous to expect something good from the boys,” said a frustrated Lonewell Kujaliwa at Matchasi pubs where he was watching the game with other imbibers.
The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations edition will be held from 13 January – 11 February 2024 in Ivory Coast.