Ishmael Wadi of Zimbabwe challenges Cheikou Kouyate of Senegal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe
Thursday Jan 13, 2022. 14:00
A massive three points will be on offer when Malawi and Zimbabwe lock horns in an Africa Cup of Nations
Group B encounter at the Kouekong Stadium on Friday, January 14.
Kick-off is at 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Mario Marinica’s side still have tournament favourites Senegal to contend with next week so picking up a three-point haul against the Southern Africans will be crucial to their chances of advancing from the group.
Yamikani Chester and Khuda Muyaba led the line against the National Elephants last time out, but Marinica could turn to Richard Mbulu from the start after he came off the bench in their first match.
Norman Mapeza’s troops were just seconds away from claiming a point in their group opener when the referee pointed to the spot after Peter Muduhwa handled Fode Ballo-Toure’s shot inside the box.
Neither team has made it beyond the group stages before, with Malawi failing in two previous attempts (1984 and 2010) and Zimbabwe on four occasions (2004, 2006, 2017, 2019).
This will be the 13th meeting between the two nations. The Flames have come out on top just twice compared to seven victories for the Warriors.
Their last clash was in the COSAFA Cup last year which finished in a 2-2 draw.