The Malawi national football team players have promised to fight from all cylinders on Saturday Sept 6 afternoon when they take on Mali in the first leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match in Bamako.
Midfielder dynamo, Joseph Kamwendo, said morale among players is high.
“We cannot exactly predict the outcome but rest assured that we have fully prepared for the game and we expect nothing short of total victory,” said Kamwendo.
Kamwendo added that the coming in of other professional players like Robert Ng’ambi has played a significant role in instilling confidence in the players , hence focusing on Saturday’s game with a positive mind.
Captain Lucky Malata said they are optimistic to deliver against Mali.
He said the last time the Flames met Mali in Angola, it caused problems to them but this is an opportunity time to show them what we are capable of.
“We do not underrate them but we can proudly tell you that this game is not taken for granted considering that we are fighting for qualification in our group.
Lion-heartened left defender, Francis Mlimbika said the players are ready to put their best foot forward and win the game in order to keep the soccer bells ringing in this part of Africa.
National team coach Young Chimodzi said in an interview with Nyasa Times he is not intimidated with the fact that Mali has been beating Malawi several times.
“We respect them but we are not intimidated,” he said. “ They are going to play their game and we will play ours.”
Meanwhile, the Flames left on Tuesday’s night for Mali via Kenya.
From Malawi, 10 local players namely Richard Chipuwa, Mac Donald Harawa, Francis Mlimbika, Yamikani Fodya, Bashir Maunde, Lucky Malata, John Lanjesi, Philip Masiye, Young Chimodzi Jr and Ndaziona Chatsalira left for Kenya.
The local players will meet a contigent of foreign based players in Kenya.
On the list of professionals there is Robert Ng’ambi, Chimango Kayira, Joseph Kamwendo,Joseph Kamwendo, Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda, Gabadihno Mhango, Atusaye Nyondo and Chiukepo Msowoya
Former Malawi captain Peter Mponda has since told the local press that the Flames’ poor preparation, evidenced by a lack of a friendly match, will affect the team which he feels might be going to “Mali to just donate points.”
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