Malawi cannot be underrated, FA boss warns Nigeria

Malawi and Nigeria came out together in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after the draw was made on Saturday but the president of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says Malawi is a team that cannot be underrated.

The draw in Rio De Jeniro pitted drawn in Group F of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with Malawi and the winners of the preliminaries between Seychelles and Kenya and Djibouti versus Namibia as opponents.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said Malawi team aka the Flames will launch their long drive towards the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with hope of qualifying.

Malawi Flames aren’t underdogs, Nyamilandu

“Nigeria are the favourites in this group but we’re a team that cannot be underrated and taken for granted,” Nyamilandu told BBC.

Nyamilandu said the Flames need to have “belief and we have a lot of self-belief.”

He added:”There’s a football revolution in Malawi; we’re in a very good position now to qualify for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.”

“It’s a very tricky group; we’re saying we have a very good chance of flexing our muscles if we plan everything very well.”

“Although Nigeria are favourites, their away record is very bad so we’re hoping they’ll flip along the way and help us top the group.”

Nyamilandu made it clear that the task of reaching Brazil in 2014 is not going to be easy but backed his Flames to create history.

“We’re also very ambitious and have set our sights on trying to go to the World Cup for the first time in the history of Malawi football.

“The first thing that we need to have is the belief and we have a lot of self-belief.

“We’ve played some tough teams in the past, and should be able to face Nigeria and take them head on.” – Nyasa Times.

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