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Catch the football fever

Rebecca Jacobson
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Soccer is Malawi’s sport of choice. If you have the chance, attend a game at Blantyre’s Kamuzu Stadium. Local matches draw small crowds, but if the Malawi Flames are in town, expect a massive turnout. Fans drape themselves in the Malawian flag or don quirkier costumes (at a World Cup qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire, I saw Flames supporters clad in wedding gowns and full academic regalia). The noise within the stadium is deafening, with the fervent cheers and the vuvuzelas, the ear-splitting South African horns. Venture to the more raucous benches if you love fervent embraces from strangers, sprays of water and beer, and the occasional airborne rock. Regardless of where you sit, watch your possessions — this is prime pickpocket territory.

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