Malawi national team players believe they will have to work hard in their Saturday’s game against Mali at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to ensure they book their spot in the 2015 Africa Cup of Natinal finals with one game left.
The Flames are under pressure to win their match against Mali this Saturday to qualify for the 2015 Afcon tournament. Although they have home ground advantage , Coach Young Chimodzi and his charges know it won’t be an easy game.
Captain Joseph Kamwendo, believe they have the ability to do the job in Blantyre.
Kamwendo told a pre-match news conference on Thursday at Kamuzu Stadium that they are ready to die for their country.
“There’s lot of young and veteran players, which is good for us. There’s a lot of quality and it’s important that the older players help nurture these payers and help them to be relaxed so that they can come and display their best football.”
Kamwendo also urged his team mates to beat Mali, saying failure to do so will spell doom.
The DRC based genius said there is need for the Flames to target maximum points in Blantyre to remain in the qualification race.
“The game against Mali is a do-or-die game for us because if we lose the game on Saturday, then we should consider ourselves out of the qualifiers,” he said, adding: “ We can win and yes we will.”
“We know Malawians want us to qualify and we shall do just that, many are the times when we have a bad start and hope of qualifying is lost but we still managed to make it,” he added
Coach Chimodzi is expected to announce his final squad for the match on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the uncertainty over where the 30th edition of the Afcon will be staged in 2015 has not deterred the Flames preparations for their qualifiers.
Flames vastly experienced and Polokwane City striker, Esau Kanyenda , said: “Our job is to play football and leave the rest to the people who are responsible for that. So our main aim is to focus on the upcoming qualifiers.”
Kanyenda said he knows there will be too much pressure on his shoulders as he is one of the veteran players in the squad.
“All l can urge Malawians is to come in their large numbers and drum up support to us. We are ready and geared to scorch Mali, and with God and our fans we are optimistic of victory,” said Kanyenda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :