Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that the Malawi national team ‘The Flames’ stand a chance of being seeded into this year’s COSAFA Cup tournament scheduled for May 17-31 in South Africa’s North West Province.
The Flames who are ranked fifth in Cosafa according to February rankings behind South Africa, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique in the order and ahead of Botswana on sixth could benefit from their higher FIFA ranking.
Confederation of African Football Associations (COSAFA) stated that the competition would maintain the old format where by the lower eight participating sides according to the February FIFA rankings will compete in the first round, where they will be drawn into two pool each comprising four teams.
The top team in each group will advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, where the six higher ranked sides will join the tournament from the quarterfinals on-wards.
Flames have never won the cup since its inception in 1997, but were losing finalists twice in succession in 2002 and 2003 losing to South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.
During the last competition Malawi lost to Zimbabwe in the quarterfinals on post-match penalties and went on to lose 3-2 to Angola in a plate competition for those sides knocked out in the quarterfinals.
So far 12 of the 14 Cosafa nations have confirmed their participation with Comoros Islands pulling out, while Angola will is yet to decide.
The draw for the 2015 tournament will take place in Johannesburg on Thursday, February 26, and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 from 18h00.
COSAFA comprises Angola, Botswana, the Comoros Islands, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.