After losing 0-1 away to Madagascar on Saturday, Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, Coach, Ronny Van Geneudgen, is reportedly considering beefing up the squad ahead of the second-leg this weekend.
The Belgian knows that his charges need to score at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe if they are to proceed to the African Nations Championship (Chan) second qualifying round.
Reports from Madagascar suggest that the technical panel discussed the possibility of bolstering the midfield and striking force.
Players that might be recalled include Isaac Kaliyati, Binwell Katinji, Ishmael Thindwa and Rafik Namwera.
The game reportedly exposed the Flames’ weakness in midfield and striking force. Madagascar dominated Malawi’s midfield that had Captain Davie Banda, Chimango Kayira and Harvey Nkacha.
But Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Vice President, James Mwenda, who led the Flames to Madagascar, was reluctant to confirm the possibility of the changes, saying the coaching panel was expected to decide during their meeting yesterday.
After the game in Madagascar, Geneugden reportedly told his players to approach the second leg with caution.
“Let us not lose hope. We are still in it. We need to attack in the second leg but we should not forget to defend. If we allow them to score, it will be difficult for us. When we will be in control of the game, we should not lose focus,” he told the players.
“We were lacking in the attacking third. In 70 metres, we were good but the other 30 metres we were not good.”
Morelin Raveloarisona scored for Madagascar in the 87th minute.
The overall winner of the two-legged affair will meet Mozambique in the second round. Flames need two goals without reply to advance to the next round.
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