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The Malawi national football team, nicknamed The Flames, is the national team of Malawi, a country in South Eastern Africa, and is controlled by the Football Association of Malawi. Before 1966, they were known as the Nyasaland national football team.

Malawi
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Flames
AssociationFootball Association of Malawi (FAM)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMeke Mwase (caretaker)
CaptainLimbikani Mzava
Most capsKinnah Phiri (115)
Top scorerKinnah Phiri (71)[1]
Home stadiumBingu National Stadium, Lilongwe
FIFA codeMWI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 128 Increase 1 (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest53 (December 1992)
Lowest138 (December 2007, March 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 143 Decrease 13 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest53 (6 July 1988)
Lowest148 (November 2018)
First international
Nyasaland Nyasaland 0–5 Northern Rhodesia 
(Malawi; 1957) [1]
Biggest win
 Malawi 8–1 Botswana 
(Malawi; 13 July 1968)
 Malawi 8–1 Djibouti 
(Blantyre, Malawi; 31 May 2008)
Biggest defeat
Nyasaland Nyasaland 0–12 Gold Coast 
(Malawi; 15 October 1962)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1984)
Best resultGroup stage, 1984 and 2010

Contents

HonoursEdit

COSAFA Cup :
  • 2 Times Runners-up (2002, 2003)
  • 1 Time Plate Winners (2015)
  • 5 Times Winners (2015)
CECAFA Cup :
All Africa Games :
  • 1 Third Place (1987)

Competition recordsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Did Not Enter
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 4 9
  1978 2 0 1 1 3 4
  1980 4 1 0 3 6 7
  1982 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1984 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 6 2
  1986 Did Not Qualify 2 0 2 0 2 2
  1988 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1990 4 1 2 1 5 4
  1992 4 0 1 3 3 9
  1994 6 2 1 3 4 7
  1996 6 1 3 2 6 7
  1998 6 3 0 3 9 10
    2000 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2002 2 0 0 2 2 5
  2004 4 1 0 3 3 10
  2006 12 2 4 6 15 27
  2008 4 1 0 3 2 6
  2010 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 6 4 0 2 14 5
    2012 Did Not Qualify 8 2 6 0 13 8
  2013 4 1 0 3 4 6
  2015 6 2 1 3 5 9
  2017 6 2 1 3 5 9
  2019 5 1 1 3 2 6
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Group Stage 2/29 6 1 1 4 6 11 103 28 26 49 117 160

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did Not Enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1982 2 0 1 1 1 4
  1986 4 2 0 2 5 2
  1990 8 2 3 3 6 6
  1994 Withdrew
  1998 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4
    2002 8 1 2 5 6 12
  2006 12 2 4 6 15 27
  2010 12 5 1 6 18 16
  2014 6 1 4 1 4 5
  2018 2 1 0 1 1 2
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 14 15 29 56 83

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1965 - Did not qualify
  1973 - Did not qualify
  1978 4th 5 0 0 5 2 11
  1987 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 4
1991–present See Malawi national under-23 football team
Total 2/4 10 3 1 6 10 15

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 11 May 2019[4]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Algeria 7 2 1 4 6 13 −7
  Angola 9 3 3 3 8 10 −2
  Benin 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
  Botswana 23 11 7 5 46 21 +25
  Burkina Faso 4 0 1 3 3 7 −4
  Burundi 3 0 2 1 4 6 −2
  Cameroon 9 1 4 4 6 13 −7
  Chad 6 3 1 2 15 10 +5
  Comoros 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
  Congo 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
  Djibouti 4 4 0 0 17 1 +16
  DR Congo 10 3 3 4 8 9 −1
  Egypt 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6
  Eritrea 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Eswatini 27 11 11 5 40 21 +19
  Ethiopia 11 3 6 2 11 9 +2
  Gabon 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Ghana 6 0 1 5 0 17 −17
  Guinea 7 1 3 3 7 10 −3
  Ivory Coast 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5
  Kenya 47 19 18 10 61 46 +15
  Lesotho 19 13 3 3 42 11 +31
  Liberia 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
  Libya 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2
  Madagascar 10 2 1 7 12 21 −9
  Mali 5 1 1 3 5 8 −3
  Mauritius 20 11 5 4 31 19 +12
  Morocco 10 1 3 6 3 15 −12
  Mozambique 30 12 10 8 33 28 +5
  Namibia 14 3 3 8 13 19 −6
  Nigeria 8 0 2 6 9 20 −11
  Réunion 1 1 0 0 8 2 +6
  Rwanda 9 5 2 2 16 9 +7
  Senegal 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2
  Sierra Leone 4 3 1 0 14 5 +9
  Somalia 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4
  South Africa 12 1 2 9 5 20 −15
  South Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Sudan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5
  Tanzania 55 17 25 13 62 52 +10
  Togo 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
  Tunisia 7 2 3 2 8 16 −8
  Uganda 30 8 9 13 32 37 −5
  Yemen 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Zambia 78 19 16 43 66 168 −102
  Zanzibar 15 12 2 1 34 10 +24
  Zimbabwe 64 18 21 25 60 82 −22
Total 609 207 177 225 733 790 −57

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches.

Current squadEdit

The following players were called for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Morocco on 8 September 2018.[5]

Caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Charles Swini (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 34) 13 0   Silver Strikers
2 1GK Brighton Munthali (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Silver Strikers

3 2DF Denis Chembezi (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Unattached
4 2DF Stanley Sanudi (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 24) 20 0   Tigers
5 2DF Limbikani Mzava (1993-11-12) 12 November 1993 (age 25) 31 0   Golden Arrows
6 2DF John Lanjesi (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 26) 12 0   CIVO United
7 2DF Yamikani Fodya (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 27) 16 0   Big Bullets
8 2DF Gomezgani Chirwa (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Civo United
9 2DF Precious Sambani (1998-05-21) 21 May 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Mighty Wanderers

10 3MF Jabulani Linje (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 24) 1 0   YSCC
11 3MF Gerald Phiri (1993-06-08) 8 June 1993 (age 25) 18 5   Bidvest Wits
12 3MF Frank Banda (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 28) 20 2   Songo
13 3MF John Banda (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 25) 20 6   Nampula
14 3MF Rafick Namwera (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Mighty Wanderers
15 3MF Alfred Manyozo (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Mighty Wanderers

16 4FW Richard Mbulu (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Costa do Sol
17 4FW Gabadinho Mhango (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 26) 17 4   Bidvest Wits
18 4FW Atusaye Nyondo (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 28) 29 6   Bloemfontein
19 4FW Chiukepo Msowoya (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 30) 42 13   Big Bullets
20 4FW Patrick Phiri unknown 1 0   Big Bullets

RecordsEdit

As of 29 April 2017

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 12 Players Who've Scored More International Goals Than Cristiano Ronaldo". fourfourtwo.com.au. nextmedia Pty Ltd. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Malawi". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ Chilapondwa, Andrew (8 September 2018). "RVG drops in-form Yamikani Chester". malawi24.com.
  6. ^ "Kinna Phiri - Century of International Appearances". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Joseph Kamwendo - Century of International Appearances". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Peter Mponda - Century of International Appearances". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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