Walter Nyamilandu Manda told players this week that the Warriors will regard the Sunday encounter which is a must win for the Flames as a walkover and urged them to fight tooth and nail to get a result.
Malawi is anchoring group L with two points which Zimbabwe is leading by eight points followed by Swaziland and Guinea both of which have five points apiece.
He said the Flames players should work towards springing a shocker on the group L leaders saying this will be a perfect benchmark to show that the team’s ongoing rebuilding exercise is on perfect course.
“Zimbabwe might be considering you as underdogs but go and surprise them.If you win against Zimbabwe, and then it will show that the team’s rebuilding exercise is a success by beating Zimbabwe and winning the Cosafa title,” declared Nyamilandu-Manda.
However, one of Zimbabwe Warrior’s key players, Costa Nhamoinesu has warned his colleagues not to throw caution to the wind by telling them not to take the game against Malawi as an already done deal.
The prolific defender said the Flames should be regarded as potential party spoilers at this stage where the Warriors have set their sights on bolstering their AFCON qualification prospects.
The Warriors beat the Flames 2-1 when the two sides clashed in the first leg in Blantyre but Nhamoinesu said the Sunday encounter will be a different ball game because their opponents will not be coming to donate points on Silver Platter.
Malawi has not played any international friendly to tune up for encounter against Zimbabwe; proposed game against Botswana was cancelled on eleventh hour last Thursday because of financial constraints.
The development which Malawi FA chief executive officer, Suzgo Nyirenda described as a big blow but the FA had no alternative because major financier of the team, government had only provided funds for Zimbabwe encounter.
“We needed at least MK10 million for the match, but government only provided us with funding for return air tickets to Zimbabwe. It is a big blow but there was nothing else we could do,” said Nyirenda.