Malawi National Football Team Coach Mario Marinica continues with his spying mission of Zambia and Mozambique whose winner of a two-legged African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier is scheduled to face his charges in the next round.
The two teams are in action on Saturday during a return match in Lusaka, Zambia, after their first leg encounter ended in a barren draw.
Malawi qualified for the next round without kicking the ball following their opponent Zimbabwe’s disqualification resulting from a Fifa ban.
Marinica said he would leave for the Zambian capital Friday.
“It is important that we watch the game to have a full analysis of who we will meet in the next round. We need a full analysis of this game,” he said.
One of the country’s prominent football analysts Felix Sapao described the trip as a welcome development.
“Our coach should have even travelled to watch the first leg in Mozambique unlike just monitoring proceedings on television. This trip will give him all the time to watch both teams in person.
“He will need a full analysis of the two teams’ style of play, the players they have and even their system of play. So this is a very important trip,” Sapao said.
Both Mozambique and Zambia have retained the same squads that campaigned in the just-ended Hollywood Bets Cosafa Cup which was held in Durban, South Africa, earlier this month.
Malawi are yet to qualify for the continental competition’s finals. The Flames were booted out of the competition at the qualifying stage in 2019 when Eswatini sent them packing through the away goals rule.
The two teams played out a goalless draw in Manzini before a 1-1 stalemate at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
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