BY MPHATSO MALIDADI
Some former Malawi national football team players have called for early preparations and a good game-plan to enable the Flames overcome Morocco in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
Under the guidance of highly-rated mentor, Herve Renard, Morocco drew two-all with former European champions, Spain and lost to Iran and Portugal by 0-1 margins at the on-going World Cup finals in Russia.
However, some former Flames players feel that the senior side can rise to the occasion if wellprepared.
Former Flames defender and team manager, Clement Kafwafwa, observed that Morocco were weak in defence.
“We just need to capitalise on their weakness. At left-back, the defender was slow to react [at the World Cup] and one of their centre-backs is a bit short and unstable. We need to exploit these areas if we are to do well. We can achieve this if we start our preparations early,” he said.
Another ex-Malawi player, Sherry Msuku, who coaches Be Forward Wanderers Under-20 side, said Malawi should not be intimidated by Morocco’s experience.
“I have noticed that they have tall and strong players. Malawi usually plays high balls when feeding strikers. So, we need to find a way to supply balls upfront to frustrate tall players. If Malawi prepares, I don’t see any reason why we should fail to win,” he said.
Cameroon, who qualify automatically for the Afcon finals as hosts, are in Group B alongside 1976 champions Morocco, Comoros Islands and Malawi.
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