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Malawi National Football Team players are eagerly looking forward to clashing with Cameroon in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday.

Flames captain Limbikani Mzava, who missed the 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in Benin last month due to injury, is expected to lead the team after returning to full fitness.

Mzava said pressure would be on the Indomitable Lions in Saturday’s match.

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“We have the mentality to win the match. Morale in camp is high and the players are geared to show their prowess against Cameroon,” the Amazulu FC defender said.

The Flames are already out of the World Cup qualifiers but Cameroon, who are second in Group B, are battling for a slot with Ivory Coast.

The Elephants host Mozambique in Benin in another match Saturday.

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Coach Meck Mwase has a full squad except Gabadinho Mhango, who was dropped due to lack of game-time at his club South Africa DStv Premiership side Orlando Pirates.

Moldova-based defender Charles Petro, who plies his trade with Sheriff Tiraspol, UD Songo (Mozambique) midfielder John Banda and Sudanese side Al Hilal’s new signing Gerald Phiri Junior were the last players to join camp on Monday.

The Flames are using the two matches as part of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to Februray 6 next year.

Malawi coach Meck Mwase said he was taking the two matches seriously.

“We may be out of the qualification race but we need to prove a point and demonstrate that we are also a good team,” Mwase said.

Malawi will face Mozambique in their last match of the campaign on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Cameroon arrived in South Africa on Wednesday night without captain Eric Choupo-Moting due to Covid travel restrictions.

The Bayern Munich striker is observing a seven-day quarantine after coming into contact with a player who had tested positive for corona virus.

But he could feature for the Indomitable Lions in the last match against Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

Malawi are third in the group with three points from four matches, seven points behind Ivory Coast.

Cameroon are second with nine points whereas Mozambique are bottom with a single point.

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