By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national football team caretaker Coach, Meke Mwase, has said his charges are in good spirits ahead of Saturday’s African Nations Championship return leg qualifier against eSwatini.
The Flames have been hit by injuries to key players who featured in the first leg match which ended 0-0 in Manzini last month.
Be Forward Wanderers duo of Dennis Chembezi and Peter Cholopi withdrew from the squad on Tuesday to join Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Peter Banda and Patrick Phiri who pulled out after suffering injuries over the weekend.
Striker Stain Davie and full back Gomezgani Chirwa are also nursing minor knocks but could be available for the match.
Mwase said competition in the squad was stiff and expected the team to progress to the next round.
“It is a tricky home match after drawing away. We certainly need to win to reach the next round. All the players are looking forward to facing eSwatini and are ready for the battle,” he said.
Mwase said he had developed a good game-plan to attack from all angles.
“Of course, I complained about the lack of efficient wingers but we are working on all areas. We will attack from different positions to conquer the enemy,” he said.
The TN Stars Coach, however, said there was need for the defence and goalkeeper to be alert and tough to avoid being taken unawares.
“We must strive to keep a clean sheet because it will help us achieve our goal,” he said.
Malawi need to win the match by any margin to advance while eSwatini could automatically go through with any scoring draw, courtesy of the away goals’ rule.
The visitors are expected to arrive this evening ahead of the clash.
The competition is for home-based players. Malawi failed to advance in the continental showpiece after losing 2-0 on aggregate to Madagascar in 2017.
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