Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
LILONGWE--The Flames coach, Kinnah Phiri has requested the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to ask and convince Mali for a friendly game against Malawi.
Mali will be travelling to Gaborone for a second leg game against Botswana. The Flames lost 2-0 to Ghana in the first leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played last Saturday.
The Flames are expected to regroup on September 23 to prepare for the second leg to be played either at Civo stadium or Kamuzu stadium, hence the request for a friendly game.
The Flames chances to qualify are very slim as they have to beat Ghana 3-0.
Defenders Limbikani Mzava and James Sangala will not be part of the campaign. Sangala was shown a red card whereas Mzava has two yellow cards.
However the Flames mentor says is banking on Foster Namwela and Pilirani Makupe, saying they can equally put a gallant fight.
Other players expected to join the camp are John Banda and Zicco Mkanda who plies trade in Mozambique.
Kinnah said the friendly game would help him know the areas that need attention before the Ghana game on October 13.
“We need to play a friendly game and see how we can go about with our preparations. We play well in Ghana and we are looking forward to continue from where we stopped,” said Kinnah in an interview Wednesday.
The finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will be played in South Africa.
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