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Malawi will start their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign by hosting Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Malawi and Zimbabwe so far have encounter each other 53 times, Malawi has registered 18 wins while Zimbabwe has recorded 19 wins and they have drawn in 16 matches.

But the two teams have played each other ten times in Afcon qualifiers, with Flames recording four wins against the Warriors’ three and they have drawn three matches.

Their very first game between the two sides was played in the year 1980 during Malawi’s Independence Day celebration on 6th July, whereby the Flames lost the game by a goal to nil.

Their biggest win against the Warriors was a three nil win in 1984, while Zimbabwe’s biggest win was a four nil victory over the Flames in 1991.

Malawi has recorded 2 wins out of their last 5 games while Zimbabwe has recorded 3 wins out of their last 5 international games. The two side’s last encounter was an international friendly game which ended 4 – 1 in favor of Zimbabwe and it was played at Kamuzu Stadium in 2014.

The last time Malawi defeated Zimbabwe was in 2006 during an Afcon qualifier courtesy of Moses Chavula’s second half free kick but since then, the Flames of Malawi have failed to outshine their Southern African counterpart.

Joseph Kamwendo, Esau Kanyenda, Fischer Kondowe, Harry Nyirenda and Atusaye Nyondo will be part of Young Chimodzi’s squad to play Zimbabwe while Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Kingston Nkhata and Willard Katsande have all made it to Malawi for the depleted Warriors.

Things have not been good for Zimbabwe due to financial problems but the match against Malawi will be something else. Battle lines have been drawn, the road to Gabon will be tougher but come next year, a single team from group L will make it through.

Group L consists of Guinea, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Malawi.

The last time Malawi qualified to Afcon was in 2010 in Angola but since then, the landlocked country has failed to qualify for Africa’s continental showpiece.

Source : Malawi24