Malawian South Africa-based key defender, Moses Chavula has declared war on Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles, ahead of Saturday’s crunch 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
Chavula, who missed the first leg that ended 2-2 through injury, is rearing to know that a place at the Equatorial Guinea/Gabon finals is at stake.
“It will be a tough game because we are playing against a team which is coming from back to back wins. They will be aiming at the maximum points to make sure that they are on the safer side,” he said in remarks quoted on Confederation of African Football (Caf) website.
“We must make sure that they feel they are not at home by attacking them from the first whistle and giving them no space to play,” said Chavula.
The defender missed the first leg but the last time he played against Tunisia it ended 2-2 with in 2005, when Malawi gave away 2-0 lead.
He said this time it will be “payback time” for the Tunisians “because they robbed us of win last time we met at home. We cannot afford to repeat the same mistake. We lost concentration towards the end of the game, and got punished.”
Chavula said Saturday’s match is crucial.
“This game is important to the nation and as a player because if we win, the chances of qualifying will be high. I cannot say much because every player knows what it is at stake once we qualify,” he said.
Malawi are currently third in Group K, level with Tunisia on 10 points with just two games left for each side.
Botswana have already qualified as group winners but with five teams in the pool, the runners-up are also guaranteed a place at the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.