Malawi national football team aka the Flames players have vowed to set Calabar on fire on Saturday as they face Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at U.J Esuene Stadium with skipper James Sangala saying while the Flames have a lot of respect for the Super Eagles, they don’t fear them.
Sangala, 32, will lead the team out against Nigeria on Saturday and insists that fear will only hold them back.
“Obviously, Nigeria are African champions and have to respect that. We have respect for them but we don’t fear them,” Sangala is quoted by KickOffNigeria.com. “Fear is the enemy of success, so we have taken the fear out of us.
“We have been preparing for this game for a long time and we know what we have to do.”
Sangala said it is “dangerous” for Nigeria to undermine Malawi.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Flames experience defender Moses ‘Luba’ Chavula stressed that they will fight to secure victory as it is a “possible mission”.
“In football nothing is impossible,” said Chavula.
In-form midfielder Harvey Nkacha, said the Flames happy to wear the underdog tag.
“We know that many people are not giving a chance to beat Nigeria, but in a game of football anything can happen. Let them underrate us and we will show them what we are capable of doing,” said Nkacha.
Meanwhile some soccer analysts have said the Flames though have a remote chance of securing qualifation, they are capable of causing an upset in Calabar.
BBC sport correspondent from Malawi, Frank Kandu said the Flames can pull a surprise .
Zodiak sports reporter Lucy Kadzongwe also placed faith to the Malawian boys to do well.
Meanwhile, the Football Association of Malawi have promised to pay players of their national team a 500 percent increased bonus if they beat Nigeria in Calabar on Saturday.
This disclosure was made by FAM secretary-general Suzgho Nyirenda who stated that the association had to dig deep into their pockets to motivate their players against the African champions, by offering to pay them MK200,000 (US$500), as against the usual MK30,000 (US$85).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :