Malawi stand-in captain Chiukepo appeals for support

Malawi national team stand-in captain Chiukepo Msowoya  has appealed for support all round for the national team ahead of their crucial Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers encounter  against Zimbabwe on Saturday in Harare.

Flames captain Chiukepo Msowoya receiving a branded Carlsberg Malawi jersey...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Flames captain Chiukepo Msowoya receiving a branded Carlsberg Malawi jersey…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Francis Mlimbika and John Lanjesi listening attentively...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Francis Mlimbika and John Lanjesi listening attentively…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Stanely Sanudi, Joseph Kamwendo and Jaffalie Chande , the Flames troops .-Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Stanely Sanudi, Joseph Kamwendo and Jaffalie Chande , the Flames troops .-Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Flames hit-man told members of the press on Tuesday at Mpira Village during a news briefing when sponsors Carlsberg Malawi donated K50 million to the team in their preparations ahead of the Zimbabwe and Cosafa games.

“We request support for the players as this is all our team. We quickly need to forget the past errors; we need to release the burden of the past so we can travel lighter to the future. Let’s try to travel faster forward there is not time to waste.

“As the players  team the only way we will get stronger is when we get your support – support not only from  Carlsberg or  the Association, but the  media and public,” he appealed.

He also assured the nation that they  will give their  best of preparations and get the best of results in pursuit of qualification.

Another Flames veteran midfielder Joseph Kamwendo said With the country’s  support and a bit of positive attitude that is prompt, they  shall get a result in Harare.

“We will release our energies and be more positive, get the attitude right and try to win the match (against Zimbabwe). There is very little you can do in terms of being better than you were yesterday but I am optimistic we will get a result,” he added.

The former Flames captain was also positive after the team got off to a slow start in the qualifiers.

“The players are feeling down, and it’s normal  but we are all professionals and it happens in football. We are all looking forward to Saturday’s game and we have to lift ourselves up again mentally and physically more so because the results in the last game were not good enough,” said Kamwendo.

He went on: “The players know the importance of the match on Saturday so we have to stay focused. We let our families down, the supporters and the whole country so it’s time for us to start winning games and make everyone happy again.  There’s a lot of pride to play for because you don’t want to lose to your neighbours. Also, there’s still a lot to play for.”

Meanwhile, Be Forward Wanderers skillful midfielder Isaac Kaliati has been withdrawn from the camp after sustaining an injury.

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