By Peter Fote in Douala, Cameroon
Malawi National Football Team are leaving no stone unturned preparing for Round of 16 tie against Morocco in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
The Flames, having relocated from Bana to Yaoundé Friday, are hoping to continue with their fairytale run to reach the quarterfinals where they will be entitled to $1.175 million (about K969 million).
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu said the team was in high spirits despite changing base.
“We are happy and the team has settled very well here in Yaoundé. We are all focused to the game on Tuesday,” Nyamilandu said.
Malawi, who were in Group B and played all their matches in Bafoussam, are staying at Djeuga Palace.
The team had its first training session in Yaoundé Friday evening at Military Stadium before having two sessions at the same venue yesterday.
Meanwhile, Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said apart from the big money at stake, the players were also aiming at building their profiles at this Africa’s biggest football stage.
“It is all about character and the will to win. There are some scouts from European clubs here [Cameroon].
“As for the monetary incentive, we made it clear that we will share 50-50 percent with the players if the team gets to the paid-up ranks. In this case, if we reach the quarterfinals we are talking about $1 million which is close to K1 billion. It means the players will share K500 million if we get to the quarterfinals,” Gunda said.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe has started light training and took part in the Friday’s session.
Kakhobwe missed Senegal’s game due to illness but debutant Charles Thom impressed with a string of fine saves to earn man-of-the-match award.
Flames Interim Coach Marian Mario Marinica said they were monitoring the squad.
“It is good to have the full squad available. This is what every coach wants. Kakhobwe did some light training not with the rest of the squad,” Marinica.
Flames reached the last 16 after qualifying as one of the four best third-placed sides.
Senegal topped Group B with five points but Guinea finished second with four points despite tying on points with the Flames.