Malawi coach confident ahead of Algeria clash: ‘ A must win game’

Malawi national team head coach Young Chimodzi is convinced his charges can beat leaders Algeria in this Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group B qualifier in Blantyre.

Chimodzi:  Malawi coach upbeat for good result

Chimodzi: Malawi coach upbeat for good result

Limbikani Mzava and Harry Nyirenda looking relaxed....Photo FAM

Limbikani Mzava and Harry Nyirenda looking relaxed….Photo FAM

Players after training on Tuesday....Photo Courtesy of FAM

Players after training on Tuesday….Photo Courtesy of FAM

The Flames are in 3rd place in the four-team group – three points behind African champions Algeria and hope to stay in touch with the group leaders if they will manage to beat them come Saturday.

Chimodzi  believes the squad he now has at his disposal is better equipped to handle Algeria threat and provide one of their own.

“I believe in my team and given our past record against North Africa teams, we should have little trouble collecting the three points at stake,” Chimodzi told Nyasa Times in an interview on Tuesday from the Flames training camp.

“ It’s a must-win game for us because we have to stay on the coattails of Algeria since they are a top side in Africa,” charged a confident Chimodzi.

The Flames narrowly lost their opening away match against Mali, but remain hopeful that they will defy the odds and qualify for the Africa biggest sporting showpiece.

Chimodzi is beaming with confidence as he has an injury free squad with nine of the foreign legion already having reported for the training camp on Tuesday at Kamuzu Stadium together with the locally based players.

The nine professionals included Robert Ng’ambi, Atusaye Nyondo, Gabadihno Mhango, Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda, Robin Ngalande, Chimango Kayira and Chiukepo Msowoya  joined the locally based players and participated in full training today ( Tuesday).

Chimodzi called the presence of foreign based players “a massive boost”.

Flames senior defender James Sangala, who coach Young Chimodzi forced out of retirement this year, is also upbeat Malawi can win on Saturday against number one ranked Algeria.

“I have belief in the current crop of players. Without taking anything away from other players who are doing well and are not part of this squad, the guys are doing fine. Not every player can be selected into the team at once,” said Sangala.

“What is important is to use our chances and avoid mistakes. Algeria are good at punishing you when you make a mistake. We have to try and concentrate in the first 15 minutes and last 15 minutes of every half,” said the sweeper.

Malawi wants to build on their last month’s 3-2 win over bottom-placed Ethiopia who also lost 2-1 to Algeria. Malawi are third in the group with three points whereas Algeria lead on six points.

Top two teams from the group will qualify for the finals in Morocco with overall third best side also sneaking through.

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redhouane
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1 2 3 viva Algeria

Brian Bande,BBA(Accounting) UEAB
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Brian Bande,BBA(Accounting) UEAB

LERO TIKUWINABASI.IMENEYO NDI FLAMES BAMBO00

redhouane
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Malawi 0 Algeria 2

redhouane
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Sorry Malawi tomorrow Algeria will eat you at stadum

tony
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All the best flame awoneseni kuti kamuzu stadium simasewea

George Zibophe
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Make it Chimodzi for what we want is a win. We are tired of being called a LOSER.

lamuse
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zabwino zonse malawi moto moto mawa tikuwina 2 to one.chacikulu ndi kulimbikila basi mulungu athandizila.ndipo tikawina tikhala ndi molalo yochuluka ndipo tikupita ku African cup

Gongoni
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Guys concentration should be entire 90+4minutes not only the firt and last 15minutes.Wishing Malawi National Team good lucky. From Gaborone we will be watching you loud and clear! Go Malawi GO!!!

wakukaya
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koma fisher tamutengenkoni ali mu form mukuyiwona bwa team ya fuko this frames is the regional team kkkkk ife nganga pambuyo pa bb fisher yomweyo kuti wawawawawawa malawi ikalusa sindida khawa koma iluze bb shaaaaaaa but oo the best mawa

Luke kasese
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Ndimadziwa ine ma player ndi zoona player wa national team azioneka ngat wa social kapena zidakwa or madara team .Moto ma frames yomweyo Mulimbika

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