Flames Ready to Blaze
Chad Vs Malawi Kick Off: 4:00 PM (Malawian Time)
the hands of Chad, the Malawi National Team, the Flames is ready to burn Chad today.
Chad inflicted pain on Malawians by scoring a late equalizer to hold the Flames to a one all draw when the Flames needed a win to qualify and make a reality of their dreams of back to back AFCON finals.
Coach Kinnah Phiri insists his charges are both mentally and psychologically prepared to take on Chad today despite the team being
formed largely on locally based players. Kinnah said giving the local players a chance to play and show their potential is the only way the national team can progress.
“Most of the local players will play. That’s how they can grow and be trusted to represent the country. I have faith in the young boys, they
have played with bigger teams, in Tanzania the played against tough opponents and stood very filmy and don’t see the shaking this time.”
He told a local radio on Wednesday. Kinnah expresses enthusiasm on the young boys upon looking at the way they were working hard in training.
He however said his strategy is to avoid a loss at all cost and if things go bad they should manage a draw and get a point aiming at
collecting maximum points during the return match in June this year. “We have our own strategy, whereby we are looking for a win yes, but if a win can’t come we should still maintain our unbeaten run,” Kinnah said.
Malawi is one of the teams that failed to qualify for the just ended AFCON tournament along side countries such as South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria and Egypt among others.
These countries have therefore been selected to play in the first round and then meet those countries that were at the Equatorial Guinea
and Gabon Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)
Malawi’s Neighbors Zambia won the 2012 AFCON Finals by beating favourites Ivory Coast in post match penalties. Some Flames professionals such as Peter Mponda, Harry Nyirenda and Robert Ng’ambi did not make it to Chad.