Flames coach Meck Mwase says they are keeping an eye on Burkina Faso’s Stallions ahead of their back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations’ (Afcon) qualifiers next month.
The Malawi national football team gaffer said they are in possession of videos for the Stallions’ two recent international friendlies against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar.
Burkina Faso beat the DRC 3-0 on Friday before being held to a goalless draw by Madagascar on Monday. Both matches were played in Morocco.
Said Mwase: “FAM engaged a South Africa-based match analyst who has provided us with videos for Burkina Faso’s recent friendlies [against DRC and Madagascar].
“[Local-based sports marketing consultant] Felix Ngamanya Sapao has also provided us with videos of their recent Afcon games.
“So, apart from our own preparations, we are keeping track of them.
“They are a good team and, therefore, we do not want to live any stone unturned.”
On what he makes of the Stallions’ results, the Flames gaffer said: “I think we should not read too much on their results. We would rather concentrate on our preparations. But as I said, they [Burkina Faso] are a good side and we should be well prepared for them.”
The Flames tuned up for Burkina Faso with two friendlies as well. They lost 1-0 to Zambia’s Chipolopolo away in Lusaka last week Wednesday before playing out a goalless draw against Zimbabwe’s Warriors.
After a week’s rest, the Flames are expected to regroup on Sunday to intensify their preparations for Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso are tied on four points with Group B leaders Uganda’s Cranes from two matches apiece.
The Flames are third with three points also from two matches, having beaten table anchors South Sudan 1-0 at home before going down 2-0 to Uganda away.
The top two teams will qualify for the finals to be hosted by Cameroon.