The Malawi Under-23 coach Meke Mwase says his charges are ready to burn the Young Chipolopolo of Zambia whom they face in the first leg of the 2019 Under 23 AFCON second round qualifier at the Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
This is a match Malawi must win to brighten their chances of progressing to the next round a head of the return leg in Lusaka on Sunday.
Most of the players in the two squads played against each at the Under-20 Level during the 2017 U-20 COSAFA Cup, a development Mwase said gives his boys an indication of what to expect during the game.
Mwase added that after a long training camp that saw them camp in Europe for three weeks, it is now time to show what they sowed.
“We had very good preparations. I think this is one of the best prepared Malawian team in many years. The boys have responded well to training and all the technical plans we have come up with and I can confidently say that we are ready for the battle.
“We are not afraid of the big-name players in the Zambian squad. We have encouraged our boys to work hard as this is also time for them to make names .
“We are looking forward to a win and ensure we don’t concede. We appreciate the support that our fans give us and we urge them to come in large numbers and support the boys as they are the future of Malawian football,” said Mwase.
Captain Chimwemwe Idana said the time has come for Malawi to end its curse against the Junior Zambian National teams who have dominated Malawi teams for along time.
“It’s pay-back time and we want to do it now as the stakes are high. Malawi has never been to the Olympics with qualified athletes and we want to break that record.
“We know the responsibility that is in our hands as the whole country is expecting nothing short of a win. We have worked hard in the past five weeks and its time we repaid Malawians and everybody who has supported us to prepare well.
“We have been portrayed as the future of Malawi football and this is time to show that we are indeed ready to take over as the next generation of the Flames,” said Idana.
After Wednesday’s match, Malawi will travel to Lusaka on Friday for a return match on Sunday.