Malawi coach ready for ‘must-win’ game against Zimbabwe: Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

There will be no excuses if Malawi fail to win  in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday, coach Young Chimodzi has said.

Flames technical panel discussing

Flames technical panel discussing

Flames in training

Flames in training

Chimodzi told a news conference at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre on Wednesday morning that the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has played its part in giving them good preparatory strength testing matchs and now the ball was in the court of his charges to turn that into a success.

Apart from Zimbabwe, the Flames are also in the same Group Lwith Guinea and Swaziland. One team from the group qualifies for the finals.

The top two placed runners up from all 13 groups also qualify to join hosts Gabon who qualify automatically.

“There is no excuse,” Chimodzi told reporters, acknowledging the fact that FAM has provided the Flames more preparatory games; the latest being a warm up played on Monday in Egypt where the Pharaohs won 2-1.

Chimodzi insists he and his team are ready for the showdown.

“We have a team that is very prepared. FAM has given us everything we needed for preparations and we just have to deliver the goods,” Chimodzi said after the team’s sponsors Carlsberg Malawi Limited donated travelling bags and T-shirts to the team.

Malawi also played friendlies against Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa then participated in the Cosafa Cup 2015 which saw the Flames win the Plate division trophy.

The Flames will face Zimbabwe team which is dominated by players who ply their trade in South African football, as Partson Jaure of University of Pretoria and Eric Chipeta of Chippa United are also part of the squad.

Of the eight foreign-based players in the squad only Marvelous Nakamba, who plays for Vitesse in the Netherlands, has not played for a South African club.

Malawi also has  Esau Kanyenda who plies his trade at Polokwane City and Atusaye Nyondo of University of Pretoria, both in South Africa.

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21 thoughts on “Malawi coach ready for ‘must-win’ game against Zimbabwe: Africa Cup of Nations qualifier”

  1. tinashezimunya says:

    flames extinguished by ZIMBABWE WARRIORS

  2. Frenzo says:

    Malawi woyeeeeeeeeee am sure we will win

  3. Alupheous Nyoni says:


  4. Wr are waiting as mbwangala community

  5. I support that confidence go Malawi go the flames, we r behind you Mr coach.

  6. Henry says:

    All de bést 2our bloved tim flamez

  7. alizi says:


  8. It’s a game .
    Knowing that Zimbabwe also want to win or draw they can not wish to loose .
    Extra working hard brings positive results but remember it’s a game , win and loose .
    please my fellow Malawians, if we can not win tisatukwanane.Mukangotukwana mundidziwa !!

  9. zodziwadziwa says:

    Kanyenda should guide the young ones

  10. zodziwadziwa says:

    Chimodzi,Please, Use Swini not Harawa, kupupuluma

  11. Mboba says:

    Pay malawianz a win 4 their taxes ;play as our pioneerz;w r lukng 4wad 2 a but4 sat

  12. SALIMA BOYS says:

    All the best Flames

  13. George phiri says:

    Poland beat Germany who were fresh world champions. Just this week USA beat Holland and again beat Germany who are world champions. Last year afcon defending champions Nigeria were reduced to mere spectators of the tournament after failing to qualify. Nothing like names in football. Zimbabwe can have all the names but all that is nothing because it will be eleven v eleven. Come on boys in red. Burn them worriors, we are at home and they are no better than us.

  14. jijo says:

    kkkkkkkkk ma flame!

  15. Mfwti FC Coach says:

    Good lucky guys. Visualise the games which you played at cosafa. That was a very good game. Its what Malawians want to see on Surtaday. Not za phuphu, not scoring in your own goal,not retreating with balls all the time, goalkeeper is not another defender at all, avoid long balls its not our type, try to shoot at the opponent goals from the long ranges, avoid mistakes and rough play in your own goal areas, BECAREFUL WITH THE LAST MINUTE ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LEADING> Mutomva agalu inu.

  16. Truck says:

    Wishing You All The Best Malawi Flames!

  17. grem naidze says:

    all the best flames

  18. Nyakwawa says:

    we are ready to witness the much touted OGs.

  19. Kadakwiza says:

    The game against Zimbabwe will be a very tough one. Zimbabwe have very quality players the likes of Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Cuthbert Malajira, Tendai Ndoro, Mahachi, Katsande, Kingston Nkata, the list is endless. Malawi must score first. But anyway we wish our coach and his troops a win. All Malawians are behind the team. Go Flames, Go!

  20. Austin says:

    Gud lucky to the flames dnt dissapoint us by scoring in ur own goal again

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