Mwase hints on giving all players chance against Cameroon

Malawi Flames Vs Cameroon

The Malawi senior national football team coach, Meck Mwase has hinted that he will give a chance to a number of players to have a feel of the World Cup qualifiers as they face Cameroon at Orlando Stadium in South Africa on Saturday.

Malawi is remaining with two games in Group D, including Mozambique next week and is already out of contention for the qualifiers as Ivory Coast and Cameroon are the favourites for qualification.

After training for about four days in South Africa, the day has finally come for the Flames to revenge the first leg loss.

While winning may not be a priority, considering the least qualifying chances, Mwase and his team have turned the matches as a platform for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers preparations.

“As preparatory games, we are going to try as many players as possible to see who is ready for the big stage.

“It has been a very good camp that we had here in South Africa, the morale is high in camp. Everything that we wanted to cover for the two matches has been done. We don’t have injuries or suspensions so we have everybody at our disposal.

“They are formality games yes, but there is pride at stake. For us these are preparatory games for the AFCON, so we want to win to build a positive mentality ahead of AFCON.

” We don’t have pressure and we have told the boys to go out there and enjoy their game. Pressure is on Cameroun as a loss will end their chances of making it to the next round. We want to spoil their party,” he said.

The team's captain, Limbikani Mzava also concurred with Mwase saying the matches are a good platform for the players to prove their potential for tye AFCON.

He then urged the players to work hard and not relax on the basis that they are just formality games.

“Everyone is looking forward to these matches and we want to get maximum points,” Mzava said.

The Flames are third in group D with three points from four games and their only win came at home against Mozambique back in September.

Ivory Coast, who beat Flames back-to-back last month, lead the group with 10 points, one more than Cameroon.

Malawi will be playing without Gabadinho Mhango, who was dropped by Mwase on fitness grounds.

Gaba has not been playing for his Orlando Pirates, a decision which seemed tough for Mwase, but many have commended him.

The team will also miss defender Peter Cholopi due to injury.

Mwase called some three players to replace those not available.

The three are Hassan Kajoke, Francis Mlimbika, and Lloyd Njaliwa.

Over the week, the coach expressed satisfaction with the performance from the three boys. 

The Flames will be playing as hosts at Orlando after CAF banned Bingu Stadium, and will then proceed to Benin to play Mozambique which also faced the same ordeal with their national stadiums.