As the morale in the Flames camp is high ahead of Saturdays Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifiers encounter, their opponent Zimbabwe things are all not rosy following the Warriors failure to arrive in Blantyre on Thursday.
According to Newsday, a Zimbabwean on-line newspaper, The Warriors failed to travel to Malawi after failing to get assurances that they will be paid their allowances and appearance fees.
The national team players checked out of their hotel in the afternoon but refused to board the team bus to the airport where they were due to board the Malawi Airways at 1610hrs.
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa and chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze were at the airport waiting for the team to no avail. Zifa marketing officer Wellington Mugwagwa was also at the airport with the players’ passports.
Later in the evening, the players, accompanied by Mashingaidze, left for a meeting at an undisclosed venue, although it is understood they were headed to the home of Zifa president Cuthbert Dube in Groombridge.
However, the team is now expected to arrive tomorrow ( on Friday), but via South Africa, in the event the allowances are paid or there is guarantee from either Zifa or Government.
Meanwhile, Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo has assured the nation that they are ready for the showdown on Saturday.
Kamwendo said the news that things are not rosy in the Warriors camp will not affect their preparations.
“These are mind games but let me assure the nation that we are ready for the game. We urge our fans to come in their large numbers to drum support to us,” he said.
Another Flames vastly experienced striker Esau Kanyenda said with the vocal support from their fans they will burn the warriors into ashes.
“We have a simple task to fulfill on Saturday against Zimbabwe. I am sure and 100 per cent that we will carry the day. My plea to our fans is to keep us in prayers otherwise we are ready for the battle,” said Kanyenda.
The match is due to take place at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.