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She-Flames face Mozambique in Olympic Games return leg

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

MKANDAWIRE— I will do my best

Highly charged Malawi women’s national football team has refused to underrate their Mozambican counterparts ahead of this afternoon’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier in Maputo.

Malawi are in pole position to book a second round date with Kenya having thrashed Mozambique 11-1 in the first leg match at Kamuzu Stadium on Thursday.

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She-Flames Coach, Abel Mkandawire, said he expects an improved performance mainly in midfield as the side seeks to roast the Lady-Mambas again.

“We are not resting on our laurels. We want our midfield to function better to coordinate [moves of] the defence and attack. During the first leg, our midfield was not at its best. We were strong at the back and ruthless in attack. Our goalkeeping was also stable. The midfield tried but it was not at its best,” Mkandawire said.

But the mentor refused to say whether he would make changes to the team that won the first leg.

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“If we scored 11 goals, our opponents can also do the same. So we do not want to get carried away with our massive advantage. As such, our line-up will be released two hours before the game so that we surprise our opponents.

“During the first leg, Mozambique had their moments. However, we still prevailed because we were strong in all departments. We attacked and defended as a unit and came out on top. For us to win the second leg match, we only need to avoid giving them room to play with the ball,” he said.

The first leg win was Malawi’s highest ever as Temwa Chawinga scored five goals with her elder sister, Tabitha, scoring a hat-trick.

Substitute Linda Kasenda scored two goals while Wezi Mvula was on target once.

Isabel Jorge stepped up from the bench to score Mozambique’s consolation goal.

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