Malawian star Robin Ngalande has sounded a warning for Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars.
Ngalande, who turns out for Spanish side Atletico Madrid, says the Flames are determined to deny Kenya home victory.
He was speaking to SuperSport ahead of the weekend clash in Nairobi at the team’s training ground in Nairobi’s plush Karen Co-operative College grounds.
SuperSport.com: What is your take on Saturday’s match?
Ngalande: This is a game we need to win at all cost and I am confident that with the caliber of players we have in the squad, we can achieve a good result here in Nairobi.
We are used to big and not so big games and we are relaxed about it all. We have come to play and are happy that we are starting away. Both teams will be going for a positive result but in football anything can happen and that is why we want to do our part on Saturday.
SuperSport.com: Malawi has had good results against Kenya in recent times will this count for you on Saturday?
Ngalande: In football you don’t take things for granted. You always prepare properly and get ready for the battle and that is why we are much psyched up ahead of the match. Kenya is a good team and has good players so we will not be looking at past results but aim to complete the job on hand this Saturday.
SuperSport.com: How will Malawi handle the absence of skipper Peter Mponda, top scorer Chikuepo Msowoya, Elvis Kafoteka and Fischer Kondowe?
Ngalande: It is a big blow going into such a big match without your key players but we don’t have to think about that now because they are not with us.
It is now our part to do the job for them. I know they are missing due to various reasons and the coach is the one with the final say. He has decided to pick a young team and I am confident we are going to deliver a good result.
SuperSport.com? What do you think of your Group in the qualifiers that includes Nigeria, Kenya and Namibia?
Ngalande: It is a fair group and I think we have a good chance of qualifying. We will take on every team without fear or complacency because we have played big teams before and beaten them. We have beaten the likes of Egypt and Ivory Coast so we are looking forward to welcoming Nigeria in Lilongwe next weekend.
SuperSport.com: Will the Flames have specila plans to contain Dennis Oliech?
Ngalande: In my football career, I have never believed on an individual. A team’s success is guided by teamwork but not an individual. I have never heard of Oliech although the name sounds a bit familiar.
I have rubbed shoulders with highly rated players but when we go to the pitch, what matters are the results. Personally, I respect every player in the pitch. I don’t underrate anybody and I believe if Oliech will shine as anticipated by Kenya fans, then we shall congratulate him for a job well done.
SuperSport.com: How do you compare Kenya football and that of your native country Malawi?
Ngalande: There is no major difference or gap. We might be ranked higher in the Fifa rankings compared to Kenya but as I said, what matters are the results. Kenya has always been a good side. We had to struggle before defeating them last year in the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. Again the two countries boast of cordial relationship.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :