The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are currently in Malawi ahead of their return leg match against the Flames of Malawi in the on-going 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
The Lions arrived Chileka Airport, Malawi on Saturday October 13, 2018.
The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre today, Tuesday, October 16.
The Indomitable Lions provided new Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf with a first win at home when they thrashed the Flames 1-0 on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
The defeat left Malawi on third spot in the group standings with three points from three games. They are three points behind second-placed Morocco.
The Flames under coach Ronny Van Geneugden will be hoping to move into second place with a victory over Cameroon at home.
Ronny Van has said Malawi can still make it to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals despite back-to-back defeats to Morocco and Cameroon.
Malawi’s chances of playing the AFCON tournament were heavily compromised after her defeat to Cameroon on Friday in Yaoundé just a month after the Flames lost 3-0 to Morocco in another away match.
But despite the two consecutive defeats, the Belgian, who has only won two games since taking over in April last year, said the Flames have realistic chances of making it to the next year’s finals .
Ronny Van said the match against Cameroon is a must win for the Flames to keep their qualification dreams alive.
“We still have the chances. It is just a matter of winning the return match against Cameroon and closing the gap. Morocco will play Cameroon at home with possibilities that the Cameroonians will get something out of this game. But we have to fight our own battles,’’ he said.
The Belgian trainer said Cameroon should expect a tough battle when the two sides battle it out in the return leg match today, Tuesday, October 16.
Meanwhile, Cameroon will be brimming with confidence after securing a home win against Malawi.
The victory took the Indomitable Lions to the top of the group standings with seven points from three games. They are only a point ahead of second-placed Morocco.
The African giants, who have already qualified for the finals by virtue of being the hosts, will be looking to complete a double over Malawi.