The quest to reach Brazil for the 2014 World Cup is underway.
Is it too early for the Football Association of Malawi to start identifying a Portuguese language teacher?
We say no! Looking at the statistics of group F, anything can happen. Let us prepare.
The road to the most popular sporting event on the planet is a long one. Sign posts for the road to Brazil 2014 in group F are very clear: The first sign post reads; four lane motorway-(as all teams can qualify). Another sign post on the motorway says, Brazil: 3 games away.
The Timau Crew will now justify why Malawians can for the first time discuss the possibility of their national team qualifying for the world cup. What is giving us so much confidence that Malawi can qualify for Brazil 2014?
When the Nigerians saw teams in group F they must have smiled and said Malawi, Namibia and Kenya!! This will be mince meat. Nigerians must have told their embassy in Brazil to start making hotel arrangements. However, things on the pitch have proved otherwise. Nigeria could have suffered an embarrassing defeat at home against Kenya save for a 90+3 minute equaliser.
The statistics are clear that any team can make it to Brazil in this group.
No team has lost by more than 1 goal in this group. Nigeria, against Malawi, 0-0, won 1-0 against Namibia and drew 1 all against Kenya. They are on top with Malawi and have 5 points.
If they win the remaining 3 games they will accumulate in total 14 points.
Malawi drew nil all with Kenya, 1 all against Nigeria and won 1-0 against Namibia. If they win the remaining 3 games they will amass 14 points.
Namibia, lost 1-0 to Nigeria, beat Kenya 1-0 and lost to Malawi 1-0.They have 3 points. If they win the remaining 3 games they will accumulate 12 points. Thy can also qualify because Malawi and Nigeria would have dropped points.
Kenya, drew nil all with Malawi, lost 1-0 to Namibia and drew 1 all with Nigeria. They have 2 points if they win the remaining 3 games they will gather 11 points.
Looking at the results above one can not rule out Malawi from qualifying. It is not a nightmare. Malawi has got 2 games at home and one away against Nigeria. If Kenya almost won the game in Nigeria, why can’t The Flames scorch the Eagles in their on nest? If Malawi is dreaming of going to Brazil in 2014 one thing they ought to do is to beat teams like Nigeria at their own backyard.
Only the group winners are assured of automatic qualification for the 20th edition of the World Cup in 2014.
We do not want excuses like, government does not have money! How is government paying millions to Bright Malopa, Perks Ligoya, Joseph Mwanamveka and many more? Support the national team. The team needs friendlies.This habit of playing teams like Lesotho in preparation for crucial matches stinks! We can play big teams as long as our reasons are well stipulated. Send the national team abroad for training.
Assuming we qualify, could government please consider sending ‘WAGS’ to Brazil? What are WAGS? WAGS are wives and girlfriends of footballers.
We express our gratitude to the current coaching panel for a job well done in Namibia but at the same time we would like to commend the Kinnah Phiri coaching panel for laying down a good foundation.
Had we lost a game the situation could have been different today.
Finally, we say, this is not an impossible mission. As it stands now, anything can happen. Yes we can start looking for a Portuguese language teacher to teach our players and WAGS Portuguese. Let us prepare.