In contrast to sports such as volleyball and basketball, football is played all around Malawi, a country that has been taking part in international competitions since 1964.
They struggled at first, losing their first match 12-0 against Ghana on 6 July 1964, a match organised as part of festivities to celebrate independence. The national association quickly learnt from its early mistakes.
Malawi have since enjoyed some success, winning the CECAFA (confederation of Central and East African football associations) Cup on three occasions (1978, 1979 and 1988). In 1984, the national team qualified for the finals of the African Nations Cup for the first time.
In 1987, Malawi reached the semi-finals of the African Games, and in 2002, they reached the Final of the COSAFA (confederation of South African football associations) Cup.
- Season 2012/2013
- Season 2011/2012
- Season 2010/2011
FIFA World Cup Appearances
Africa Cup of Nations Appearances
2 (1984, 2010)
Best Result: Group Stage
Current : 111 (as of December 2012)
Highest : 53 (December 1992)
Lowest : 138 (December '07 / March '08)
Average : 99
John Maduka (86)