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Meke Mwase wary of fatigue

MWASE—We will try our best

Malawi national football team Coach, Meke Mwase, has said his charges must learn to turn chances into goals if they are to advance to the group stages of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.

The Flames host Botswana’s Zebras at Kamuzu Stadium Tuesday in the return must-win match.

Botswana just need a scoring draw to advance after the two sides settled for a goalless draw in Francistown, Botswana, during the first leg of the preliminary round on Saturday.

Mwase said his charges need to be cautious at the back and ruthless in attack if they are to overcome the visitors.

“We have encouraged the players to work extra hard and score goals that will take us to the next round. We will be playing at home, so we need to be cautious in defence but ruthless upfront,” he said.

This will be Mwase’s second competitive assignment since his appointment on a year-long contract in July.

The former TN Stars coach said he had worked on the players’ recovery following Sunday’s return from Botswana.

“Travelling to and from Botswana gives our opponents the advantage because they were at home during the first leg. But we have worked on that and the team is in good shape,” he said.

Meanwhile, midfielder Christopher John Banda, said the team is capable of advancing to the group stages.

“We will be at home, so we have to play to win at all cost. We missed several chances in Botswana and this is the time to redeem ourselves,” Banda said.

The Flames have won 13 matches against Botswana, drawing six and losing four.

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