Msakakuona optimistic ahead of Zambia clash

Malawi Under 17 team

Malawi Under-17 football team coach, Deklerk Msakakuona has said he is optimistic that his boys will beat Zambia in their second match at the Cosafa men's youth Championship this afternoon.

Malawi play Zambia after being held to a two-all draw by South Africa on Sunday.

This is a new round robin format after four nations, Eswatini, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Comoros Islands were disqualified for featuring overaged players who failed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans.

This means four nations Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Angola remain in contention.

Zambia already beat Angola 2-0 in their first match.

With Malawi remaining with the junior Chipolopolo and Angola for their qualification chances, Msakakuona said they have managed to work on the boys' psychological aspect.

"We made some errors in the South Africa match which saw us concede late. After noting that, we discovered that these are young boys who get distracted sometimes and it is all pychological. Our only hope is to beat Zambia and Angola to qualify and which is very possible," he said.

Two best teams from the competition will qualify for the Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations.

The disqualified teams, they will miss the next two Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations, and by consequence the next FIFA Under-17 World Cup.