Football Association fo Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has urged the Flames players to go and die for the country and upset the tables during this Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Morocco’s Atlas Lions.
The FAM president addressed the team on Wednesday morning at Mpira Village in Blantyre before the squad flew out to Morocco to face the Atlas Lions, who recently participated at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia where they held Spain 1-1 and narrowly lost 1-0 to Portugal.
“This is your chance to make history. Don’t be afraid or and have inferior complex. The country believes in you. Go bring the three points.
“If we are to be counted as a good team in Africa, we have to beat the best and this is the time to be counted ,” he said.
Malawi has not beaten Morocco in the last four meetings. The Flames lost 4-1 in a 2004 World Cup qualifier, 2-0 in 2006 Afcon qualifier and 1-0 in 2007 Afcon.
The best the Flames have achieved is a one-all draw in 2004 at Kamuzu Stadium in a World Cup qualifier.
Saturday’s match will be played at Mohammed V Stadium from 10pm.
Coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) has named nine foreign-based professional players and 11 TNM Super League players for the qualifier.
Atusaye Nyondo, Mhango, Mzava, Richard Mbulu, John CJ Banda, Frank Banda, Gerald Phiri Junior, Charles Swini and Jabulani Linje are the foreign-based players in the squad.
Local players that have made the trip are Dennis Chembezi, Brighton Munthali, Stanley Sanudi, Rafick Namwera, Alfred Manyozo Junior, Chiukepo Msowoya, Yamikani Fodya, Gomezgani Chirwa, Precious Sambani, John Lanjesi and Patrick Phiri.
On the other hand, RVG’s counterpart, Herve Renard has assembled a strong squad as he is searching for his first full points after losing 1-0 to Cameroon who are joint leaders with Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :