Domestic football enthusiasts have an opportunity to follow the Flames’ 2018 Fifa World Cup preliminary round qualifier away to Tanzania tomorrow after SuperSport television secured broadcasting rights to beam the match live.
Information on Africa’s premier sports channel’s website indicates that the first leg match at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium would be beamed on SuperSport channel 7 from 2:45 pm.
SuperSport will also beam a game between Mauritius and Kenya from 5 pm with Malawian referee Duncan Lengani in charge.
Meanwhile, the Flames are targeting a good result ahead of the return leg on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium. The overall winner over the two legs will date Algeria in the next round next month.
The Flames were reportedly at their full strength yesterday after South Africa-based players such as Limbikani Mzava joined the squad in the morning and the team trained together for the first time yesterday afternoon.
Other foreign-based players such as Chimango Kayira, Chawanangwa Kawonga, Micium Mhone and Gerald Phiri Jnr. are also reportedly in camp.
Kawonga goes into the match in good form after scoring a stunner during his Mozambican club FC Chibuto’s 3-2 loss to Liga Desportivo in a national cup semifinal game on Saturday.
Even though Tanzania gave Nigeria a tough run in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in August, Flames coach Ernest Mtawali has no fear factor ahead of tomorrow’s match.
“I have confidence in the players I have selected. They will do well for the national team just like some of us did at a young age. We will attack Tanzania from the start and we are not aiming at seating deep,” he said.
Meanwhile, Flames’ preparations for tomorrow’s game have been dealt a blow following an injury scare to influential midfielder Robert Ng’ambi.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, yesterday said the player failed to join the squad yesterday as he was undergoing a scan on an injury he suffered while playing for his club Platinum Stars against Kaizer Cheifs on Sunday.
“He told me that he was undergoing a scan on Monday afternoon to determine the extent of the injury. We are just waiting to hear the results of the scan so that we should know whether he will be available for the Tanzania match,” Nyirenda said yesterday.
Ng’ambi, who played the full match in the 3-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knock-Out, recently fell-out with Mtawali after the midfielder reportedly refused to come off the bench in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Swaziland.
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