Malawi are in Group B with Senegal, Guinea and Zimbabwe, and are considered to be the underdogs of the group. However, the Flames want to shake up the hierarchy during the AFCON (9 January - 6 February 2021).
Their head coach Meck Mwase seems to be playing his cards on his chest and walk on egg shells, it will be necessary to prepare well to give themselves the means to exist. "Every team is eager to win the competition. We have to prepare thoroughly for the matches. I am confident that we can do well in this tournament," Mwase told the local press.
Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu also welcomed the draw. "It is an affordable group. We also have our chances. The draw could have been worse," he said.
"It's a fair draw."
Former Flames midfielder Joseph Kamwendo, his cadets must prepare well for the tournament. "It's a fair draw for us. We can get points against Zimbabwe, Guinea and even Senegal. We still have time to prepare for the tournament," said Kamwendo, who was part of the Flames team in Angola in 2010.
Malawi is not a very regular participant at the competition as are most of the group B members but the small nation has clearly moved places up the perking order by qualifying for the 2021 AFCON. That fact alone can be a motivation going into the competition come January 2022.
Malawi finished second in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with 10 points, two points behind Burkina Faso.
Malawi will be participating in their third finals after 1984 in Côte d'Ivoire and 2010 in Angola.