Malawi national football team

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Malawi
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Flames
AssociationFootball Association of Malawi (FAM)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMeke Mwase
CaptainLimbikani Mzava
Most capsYoung Chimodzi (159)
Top scorerKinnah Phiri (71)[1]
Home stadiumBingu National Stadium, Lilongwe
FIFA codeMWI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 123 Steady (22 October 2020)[2]
Highest53 (December 1992)
Lowest138 (December 2007, March 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 123 Decrease 4 (26 October 2020)[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

The Malawi national football team, nicknamed The Flames, represents Malawi in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Malawi. Before 1966, they were known as the Nyasaland national football team.

They have qualified for 2 Africa Cup of Nations: in 1984 and in 2010. They also won the 1995 CECAFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

COSAFA Cup :
CECAFA Cup :
All Africa Games :
  • 1 Third Place (1987)

Competition records[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

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
Sudan 1957 Part of the United Kingdom
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Not affiliated to CAF
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1976 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 4 9
Ghana 1978 2 0 1 1 3 4
Nigeria 1980 4 1 0 3 6 7
Libya 1982 2 0 1 1 1 2
Ivory Coast 1984 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 6 2
Egypt 1986 Did Not Qualify 2 0 2 0 2 2
Morocco 1988 2 0 0 2 1 4
Algeria 1990 4 1 2 1 5 4
Senegal 1992 4 0 1 3 3 9
Tunisia 1994 6 2 1 3 4 7
South Africa 1996 6 1 3 2 6 7
Burkina Faso 1998 6 3 0 3 9 10
Ghana Nigeria 2000 2 1 0 1 2 2
Mali 2002 2 0 0 2 2 5
Tunisia 2004 4 1 0 3 3 10
Egypt 2006 12 2 4 6 15 27
Ghana 2008 4 1 0 3 2 6
Angola 2010 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 6 4 0 2 14 5
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did Not Qualify 8 2 6 0 13 8
South Africa 2013 4 1 0 3 4 6
Equatorial Guinea 2015 6 2 1 3 5 9
Gabon 2017 6 2 1 3 5 9
Egypt 2019 6 1 2 3 2 6
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total Group Stage 2/32 6 1 1 4 6 11 104 28 27 49 117 160

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
Spain 1982 2 0 1 1 1 4
Mexico 1986 4 2 0 2 5 2
Italy 1990 8 2 3 3 6 6
United States 1994 Withdrew
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4
South Korea Japan 2002 8 1 2 5 6 12
Germany 2006 12 2 4 6 15 27
South Africa 2010 12 5 1 6 18 16
Brazil 2014 6 1 4 1 4 5
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 1 2
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
United States Canada Mexico 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 14 15 29 56 83

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - Did not qualify
Nigeria 1973 - Did not qualify
Algeria 1978 4th 5 0 0 5 2 11
Kenya 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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup[edit]

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uganda 1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Tanzania 1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Zambia 1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
Zanzibar 1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Somalia 1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Malawi 1978 Did not enter
Kenya 1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
Sudan 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Tanzania 1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
Uganda 1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
Kenya 1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uganda 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Zimbabwe 1985 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
Malawi 1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Kenya 1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Zanzibar 1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
Uganda 1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
Tanzania 1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
Kenya 1994 Did not enter
Uganda 1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
Sudan 1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Rwanda 1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
Uganda 2000 Did not enter
Rwanda 2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
Tanzania 2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
Sudan 2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
Ethiopia 2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
Rwanda 2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
Ethiopia 2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
Tanzania 2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
Uganda 2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
Kenya 2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
Tanzania 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Tanzania 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Uganda 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
Kenya 2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ethiopia 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Kenya 2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

COSAFA Cup[edit]

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 17 November 2019 after match against  Uganda[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 25 12 8 5 47 21 +26
 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 4 3 0 1 5 3 +2
 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 20 13 4 3 43 12 +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 31 12 11 8 34 29 +5
 Namibia 15 4 3 8 15 20 −5
 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
 Seychelles 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Sierra Leone 4 3 1 0 14 5 +9
 Somalia 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4
 South Africa 13 1 3 9 5 20 −15
 South Sudan 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
 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 31 8 9 14 32 39 −7
 Yemen 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Zambia 79 19 17 43 68 170 −102
 Zanzibar 15 12 2 1 34 10 +24
 Zimbabwe 64 18 21 25 60 82 −22
Total 620 212 182 226 746 798 −52

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

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

2019[edit]

13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQMalawi 1–0 South SudanBlantyre, Malawi
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Kamuzu Stadium
17 November 2019 2021 AFCONQUganda 2–0 MalawiKira, Uganda
16:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Mandela National Stadium

2020[edit]

7 October 2020 FriendlyZambia 1–0 MalawiLusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a friendly match against Zimbabwe on 11 October 2020.

Caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2020 after the match with Zimbabwe.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Brighton Munthali (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 22) 18 0 Malawi Silver Strikers
1GK Ernest Kakhobwe (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 (age 27) 15 0 Malawi Big Bullets
1GK William Thole (1998-10-02) 2 October 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Malawi Mighty Wanderers

2DF Stanley Sanudi (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 25) 48 0 Malawi Mighty Wanderers
2DF Peter Cholopi (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 24) 23 0 Malawi Mighty Wanderers
2DF Precious Sambani (1998-05-21) 21 May 1998 (age 22) 21 1 Malawi Big Bullets
2DF Dennis Chembezi (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 23) 13 0 South Africa Polokwane City
2DF Charles Petro (2001-02-08) 8 February 2001 (age 19) 12 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Nickson Nyasulu (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Malawi Big Bullets

3MF John Banda (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 27) 65 7 Mozambique Songo
3MF Chimango Kayira (1993-09-28) 28 September 1993 (age 27) 65 0 Malawi Big Bullets
3MF Micium Mhone (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 28) 39 3 Malawi Blue Eagles FC
3MF Gerald Phiri (1993-06-08) 8 June 1993 (age 27) 37 9 South Africa Baroka FC
3MF Chikoti Chirwa (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 (age 28) 21 2 Malawi Kamuzu Barracks
3MF Yamikani Chester (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 25) 19 0 United States Las Vegas Lights
3MF Chimwemwe Idana (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22) 15 0 Malawi Big Bullets
3MF Chawanangwa Kawonga (1995-01-05) 5 January 1995 (age 25) 13 0 South Africa Sporting Port Elizabeth
3MF Schumacher Kuwali (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 24) 8 0 Mozambique Songo
3MF Andrew Malisero Unknown 1 0 Kenya Gor Mahia

4FW Gabadinho Mhango (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 28) 50 11 South Africa Orlando Pirates
4FW Richard Mbulu (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 26) 24 3 South Africa Baroka FC
4FW Hassan Kajoke (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 22) 5 2 Malawi Big Bullets

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Gomezgani Chirwa (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 24) 14 0 Malawi Big Bullets v.  Zambia, 12 March 2020
DF Lucky Malata (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 29) 22 0 Malawi Mighty Wanderers v.  Uganda, 17 November 2019
DF Trevor Kalema (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Malawi Silver Strikers v.  Uganda, 17 November 2019

MF Peter Banda (2000-09-22) 22 September 2000 (age 20) 6 0 Malawi Big Bullets v.  Zambia, 12 March 2020

FW Robin Ngalande (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 27) 39 2 Azerbaijan Zira FK v.  Uganda, 17 November 2019

Records[edit]

As of 11 March 2020 [5]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  4. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Malawi". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Malawi - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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