Malawi Under 20 Coach Meke Mwase has expressed optimism and confidence that the Junior Flames can beat the Amajita of South Africa and book themselves a ticket to the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Under 20 finals to be hosted by Niger next year.
Mwase said this upon arrival on Monday from South Africa where the Junior Flames managed to hold South Africa to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the preliminary round.
“As a coach I am happy that the boys did well in South Africa as they played according to instructions no wonder we managed to secure a draw away from home” said Mwase.
“Our return leg on Saturday is a game we need to win at all cost and am confident the boys will continue from where they left away in South Africa deliver positive results. Themselves they also know how important this match is” he added.
He therefore called upon all Malawians to join hands and come in large numbers at Bingu National Stadium on Saturday to give their team vocal support.
“My appeal to all Malawians is to come and give these boys maximum support. The future of Malawian football is in our junior teams so we need to always give our massive support towards youth football” Mwase said.
On his part, Junior Flames Captain Charles Thom said: “We will do everything possible to win this important match”.
Meanwhile, local soccer analysts have appealed to the country’s governing body Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to consider revising weekend fixture as two big matches [Local and International] have been slated on the same day and city.
Sulom week 15 fixture indicates that there will be a top of the table clash between current leaders Silver Strikers and second placed Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday at Silver Stadium which is less than 5 Kilometres away from Bingu National Stadium where Junior Flames will be taking on the Amajita’s.