The Malawi national team, populary known as the “Flames” arrived at their base Kedar Heritage Lodge around 4 pm on Thursday to participate in the Cosafa cup which will be hosted in South Africa.
During the 2016 Cosafa cup, the Flames managed to win the Cosafa plate only after beating the host Bafana Bafana on penalties. This years tournament is another test for the newly appointed coach RVG.
The Flames is in group A alongside Angola, Mauritius and Tanzania . Their firdt test of the campaign will be on Sunday against their neighbours, Taifa Stars of Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium before facing Mauritius on Tuesday at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace and wrapping up their group match with Angola on Thursday.
After arriving in South Africa, Ronny Van Geneudgen said he is happy with the setup and the reception offered by the host nation
“We traveled very well and we are staying at a good lodge away from town which is good for the boys to concentrate,” he said.
RVG further said that the players are in good shape and they are ready to take the challenge ahead of them and bring the cup home.
The Flames has travelled to South Africa without its South African based players who have not been released by their clubs after claiming that the tournament did not fall on FIFA calendar.
This is another chance for the national team to prove to the world under the new mentor that they can also win some trophies after failing to win the Cosafa cup which they have reached the finals twice.