Malawi national soccer team Flames need a win against Zimbabwe in an African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying match to be played on Sunday in Harare at the national Sports Stadium in Harare.
The Flames are set to revive their pride after losing their previous qualifier against Guinea in March. They remain rooted at the bottom of Group L with two points from as many draws and have not tasted a victory thus far.
Coach Ernest Mtawali is aware of the responsibility to get a win and will now rally behind his troops to stun their hosts at home. Although they are out of the race to reach Gabon next year, a win will take them to second spot.
That, however, will be determined by the outcome of the tie between Guinea and Swaziland on the same day.
Mtawali, who has travelled with a 20 man squad, his assistant Nsazurwimo Ramadhan, Captain Chiukepo Msowoya and leader of delegation Daud Mtanthiko believes despite all the setbacks and lack of proper trainig interms of international strength testing matches, they are looking for nothing but victory to keep their dream of qualification
Mtanthiko told a local radio from Harare on Saturday that the team is ready for the battle.
He said the players will not be disturbed with the ill-treatment they received upon arrival at the airport where they spent close to 2 hours waiting for a bus to take them to hotel.
“Of course that has happened but we will not be shaken or disturbed. The players are ready and the moral is high in the camp,” said Mtanthiko.
The Flames will however miss the services of skipper Limbikani Mzava who is nursing a harm string injury.
Stand in captain Chiukepo Msowoya will lead the attacking machinery together with John Banda, veteran Josephy Kamwendo, Jomo Cosmos midfielder Mecium Mhone and Gabadinho Mhango.
John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Miracle Gabeya and Stanly Sanudi will be among those to be handed the responsibility of stopping in form Zimbabwe danger man Khama Billiati.
Flames who are mathematically out of the qualification race anchors group L with only two points with two games to complete the qualification campaign.
Zimbabwe leads the group with eight points while Guinea and Swaziland are on position two and three with five points each.
Since 1980, Flames have played against Zimbabwe 54 times.
Out of all the appearances, Zimbabwe have won 19 times while Flames have won 18 times. The two have drawn 17 times.
Meanwhile, official sponsors for the Malawi National team Carlsberg Malawi Limited has openly told the players to bring back a positive result as Malawians are tired of losing.
Flames made a historical Afcon qualification in 2010 hosted by Angola.
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