Feature: Malawi needs a win in Ghana, nothing else

Published on: 28 August 2012

The 1st leg between Ghana and Malawi (Afcon South Africa 2013 qualifiers 3rd/final round) will be played in Accra, Ghana on 8th September, 2012.

Football is unpredictable nowadays. Prophets of doom have written off Malawi, but what is giving Malawian soccer diehards hope? When Zambia beat Ghana in the semi-finals of Afcon 2012, people thought it was a fluke but victory was repeated on 9th June, 2012 in Ndola, Zambia, in the world cup qualifiers. Is Ghana national football team immortal? NO!!Malawi can also beat them.

The Timau Crew will take you straight to Accra and help you see in your mind’s eye the outcome of the crunch game between Malawi and Ghana.

Average Weather in Accra for September

Malawi should be geared up to play Ghana on a rainy day but it will not be hot as the coolest time of the year in Ghana is between June and September when the main rainfall occurs.

The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation. Except in the north two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November. In the north the rainy season begins in April and lasts until September.

The average weather forecast in Accra on 8th September will be as below;

More sun than clouds, warm.

High Temp: 28 degrees Celsius Low Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Wind speed and direction: 19/km/h/ SSW

Sunlight, 5 hours a day (source: myforecast.com)

The Teams

Ghana is not a team full of star names like Ivory Coast; however, they play as a unit. Most of their players play in big leagues abroad. They boast of names like John Painstill in defence, Ayew and Boaeteng in midfield and Assamoah Gyan upfront. Ever since they caused mayhem during the 2010 South Africa world cup, Ghana has not lived up to it. They produced a lukewarm performance at Afcon 2012 and got clobbered by less fanciedZambia in the semi-finals and ended up on 4th position. Ghana’s strength is based on experience and it is this experience that on a good day could bring a long afternoon forMalawi. It will be up to the likes of Joseph Kamwendo and the other experienced players on the squad to take responsibility on the pitch and make sure they improve from their recent performance of draws.


Here is our advice to the Flames’ players. Ghanaian footballers are not exceptional human beings created by God just to play football. They eat fufu just as Malawian players eat nsima.They walk on two legs just as Malawi players do. They also have bad days and if caught on a bad day, they can be humiliated. Zambia has already beaten them twice! What wrong did Malawi do to football gods that she cannot beat Ghana?


Losing in Accra will be bad for Malawi just like a 0-0 draw. A 0-0 draw will mean that any type of draw in Blantyre involving goals will signify Malawi’s goodbye kiss to Afcon 2013. In short, the point we are driving home here is that Malawi should score at least a goal inAccra so that they carry with them an away goal to Blantyre which would count after the game. Malawi will be playing in front of a huge Ghana crowd that will try to frustrate our boys, a thing which won’t work. Malawi has been in front of hostile and jeering fans before.Malawi has been in Ghana for a friendly and Ghana has never been to Malawi in the recent years.


Look at the recent 5 games both competitive and friendlies for the two teams and make your own conclusion of the two teams performances.

Both teams have not lost a match in the last 5 latest games played.

Ghana 0 Mali 2 -11/02/12

Ghana 1 Chile 1 – 1/03/12

Ghana 7 Lesotho 0- 1/06/12

Ghana 0 Zambia 1 -9/06/12

Ghana 1 China PR 1 -15/08/12

Malawi 0 Tanzania 0-26/05/12

Malawi 0 Kenya 0-2/06/12

Malawi 1 Nigeria 1 -9/06/12

Malawi 2 Chad 0 -16/06 12

Malawi 1 Zambia 0- 6/07/12


These are top 3 predictions people have posted on www.goal.com

Ghana 2 Malawi 0—41.67%

Ghana 2 Malawi 1—16.67%

Ghana 5 Malawi 0—8.33%

All we can state here is that football is not played on Internet. Neither is it played in newspapers nor in pubs and taverns for if that was the case, Ghana could have beaten Zambia at Afcon 2012 and qualify for the finals. Indeed, Ghana could have avenged their 2012 Afcon defeat when the two teams met yet again in Ndola, Zambia, but alas! Football is played within 90 minutes in a football pitch that is why even Ghana can lose.

Oh Yes! They lost twice to Zambia. Ghana can lose. Malawi can whack them and let us hope they will whack them. Let us avoid a goalless draw, at worse lose but score goals.

Like in a delivery suite, we, the Timau Crew and many other Malawian soccer fans, will be shouting, push, and push, come on! Push boys while watching the game on our TV screens.


  • tiger
    says: 7 years ago
    Come on Malawi!!! We are waiting for you! Yes, Zambia beats us twice but this does not mean that we will allow you to beat us too. Zambia 1 Ghana 0 This is just dumb luck
  • kwame naagbewa
    says: 7 years ago
  • Lord Denning
    says: 7 years ago
    we really need to start this game with all the seriousness it deserves. We should not sit down for Malawi to think that they can rub shoulders with us. It is quite unfortunate that we have allowed our self's to such an extent. There is no need to start this gave slowly. We have to play like our very life depend on it. Let us score the goals first, and then show them how to play soccer.Just have the confidence and deliver the goals. I would like to see Kwadwo Asamoah play the 11 position while Ayew play the 10 position and Atsu playing 7 position. Another 7 goal haul. Go Black Stars
  • Selfmade
    says: 7 years ago
    Looking at recent performances, malawi has played Tanzania,zambia and Kenya whiles Ghana has played mali,Chile,zambia,which of these twoteams has played better quality opponents? Of course the ans is simple ghana... malawi playing these mediocre teams and still not having a win should tell anybody the sort of team malawi is!!!! Again nor of the team that they has played recently can be measured to Ghana and that makes this comparison ridiculous!!! Yes they has improved as a team but at this level they ll simply fail to live to expectations!! Funny the way the keep on referring to Zambia cuz though Zambia has beaten Ghana on two occassions,they are purely upsets win and this anomaly ll be corrected very soon!!
  • The Truth
    says: 7 years ago
    What as happen that Malawi want to challenge us, well since they have called for it let it be done for them. We are waiting to pamper you guys off the pitch and deal with you on the field of play. Finito!
  • Dr Who
    says: 7 years ago
    Oh so suddenly everybody think they can beat the Black Stars? Malawians should go & check the last time the Black Stars lost a CAN or WC qualifying match in Ghana before making predictions.they will lose 2-0
  • sade
    says: 7 years ago
    Well Malawi vs Ghana the clear favorites are the Ghanians,bt i will be quick 2 mention that the Ghanians are not Barcelona or Brazil 4 that matter.they are a team of good players and they can outplay u bt the quality of strikers are good bt not good enough.lets say gyan.this is a guy who nids 5 chances to convert a chance.other than him jst cant see any other striker who can perform at higher level
  • sade
    says: 7 years ago
    Which i think leaves the Malawian with a very good chance.if they can get a decent result in Ghana i don't think Ghanians are capable of scoring 2 goals in Malawi or mo which leaves the frames with a good shoot at it so why not.
  • Sergeant
    says: 7 years ago
    The last time the Black Stars lost an AFCON or WC qualify match in Ghana is over 10 yrs ago to George Weah led Liberia in 2001.The Stars also went to Liberia to beat them at their own backyard.Its only a dreamer who think Ghana will lose at home to the Flames.keep tickling yourselves with a win!
  • Chu
    says: 7 years ago
    with kwasi appiah as ghana coach, any fast thinking coach should easily diagnose blackstar play. for me, i shut up till after the match. What too knowns did i not make before the zambia game. but i was only relegated to bed
  • Selfmade
    says: 7 years ago
    A country that took more than 50 yrs to win just one cup? A country that has not won any continental title for more than 50 yrs? A country that has produce only one true great player in form of kalusha and noone else again? A country with only one international football recognition.... 1988 Seoul Olympics? Can anybody seriously consider this country a serious footballing nation!! Hell no and they need to compare themsleves to teams of their level ie sudan,malawi etc not Ghana period!!!
  • edem njokoto
    says: 7 years ago
    am worried meeting Zambia again, it might be another 1-0 in favor of the chipolopolo!!!!
  • edem njokoto
    says: 7 years ago
    but Zambia have won AFCON in the modern days not 30 years ago ghana must do it next year or else will continua relying on the past glory pliz!!!!!!!!!
  • Abua
    says: 7 years ago
    Leave A Appiah alone,his the best coach we hv ever had...remember we beat Lesotho 7-0.
  • Malawaian
    says: 7 years ago
    Hold yo horses we only got a couple of days n wil c whose who,you Ghina pple r in 4 a rude shock but dont blame A A.
  • 1-0
    says: 7 years ago
    Malawi Flames niyamphavu...Viva Flames!
    says: 7 years ago
  • Blantre
    says: 7 years ago
    Bravo to the Flames of Malawi..we blieve in you.
  • Justin
    says: 7 years ago
    Remember AFCON 2012 wen Mali beat black stars 2-0,now Malawi 2- ghana 1.
  • 1-0
    says: 7 years ago
    Check head to head stats btween Zambia n ghana a nd u will see dat Zambia is ahead of your overated black stars..dont b ignorant,check infact let me give a li'l bit of homework...Ivory Coast n Zambia hv met 4 times ,3 of these victories hv gone our way...so get lost u toothless dog.
    says: 7 years ago
    Let us not waste our time. If even the underdogs think they can win, then we should know that we the favourites are suppose to win. Now i want to ask the underdogs, if you were in our shoes and had the calibre of players, records and achievements we have chalked, would you compare yourself to teams like zambia, malawi and uganda or rather teams like Cameroun, Cote-divoire, nigeria and egypt. Its a pity
  • 1-0
    says: 7 years ago
    Yes i would bcos your achievments are 30 years old and now its a new era in African Football...things hv changed bro,its not the cheap AFCON u used to win with 8 participating and half of them volunteers...now the shit is tight thats y u can't win in it in these modern times..wake up from yo sleepless slumber.
  • andy
    says: 7 years ago
    Can someone enlighten me how many times has Ivory Coast won the Afcon trophy and Nigeria too?
  • Luapula Fish
    says: 7 years ago
    Direspectful Ghana ...talking too much will not make you become Giants . Get your figures and details right before you make any statement ..in my lifetime Ghana has won nothing and under 20 and under 17 is highly abused by West African age cheaters . They become useless when at senior level coz they are already old players