Malawi national football team, the Flames, will be motivated by revenge when they face Ghana’s Black Stars in an potentially explosive Saturday’s final round qualifier of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations showdown in Lilongwe.
Ghana lead Malawi 2-0 going into the second leg clash as the aggregate winner will qualify for next year’s finals in South Africa.
Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri told Nyasa Times that the Flames have “unfinished business” with the Black Stars.
“We know they have a two-goal lead and that they have many experienced players. But we we’ll have to perform at out absolute best to get a result against them and we believe we can do that.” Kinnah said.
And the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has declared war on the Black Stars , calling on Malawians to put on red colours when the Flames host the visitors at Civo Stadium.
“50 years ago and to be exact, on 15th October 1962, Gold Coast as Ghana was known, toured Nyasaland [Malawi] and mercilessly hammered our forefathers in the beautiful game of soccer by 12 goals to nothing,” FAM commercial manager Casper Jangale said in a statement.
He said many Malawian players feel the emotional scars fromthat drubbing, saying the Satueday’s match will be reveng mission revenge.
“Our forefathers did not reply at all back then as they were just picked from the streets and it did not matter at all. It matters now as our Flames are 90 minutes away from booking a flight to South Africa where the AFCON 2013 finals will be held.
“That is why Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is calling on our football army of supporters, clad in red Flames home jerseys to go to Civo Stadium this Saturday to avenge the humiliation our forefathers suffered at the hands of Ghana 50 years ago.”
Jangale added:“ We need not just say the words that we want Ghana to see red but show Ghana by putting on red Flames jerseys which will be available for sale from Thursday at all points of sale where tickets will be sold at only MK5,000.00.”
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