Junior Flames tipped on Afcon return match

A soccer analyst, Charles Nyirenda, has warned the Malawi under-20 National Football Team technical panel to work hard on attacking machinery as they are preparing to travel to Swaziland for the second leg match of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier slated for April 21.

During the first leg match played on May 1 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, the Junior Flames failed to utilize the home ground advantage and were held to a 0-0 draw by Swaziland.

Nyirenda said: “The technical panel must take its time in drilling the striking force because our team is playing a classic football but scoring goals remains a challenge.”

He cited example of the first leg match which he said the Junior Flames dominated the game but finding the back of the net was a challenge.

“Technically our team seem to be a better side than Swaziland who came here just to defend and if we go to their backyard with more striking force then for sure we will carry the day,” Nyirenda said.

The Junior Flames will travel to Swaziland for the second leg match slated for April 21 at Mavuso Sports Complex in Mbabane.

In another development, the team’s coaching panel led by Meke Mwase, have asked FAM to allow the team to regroup earlier than the scheduled date of April 11 to have more time for preparations.

The Junior Flames must at all cost win their return match in Swaziland for them to progress to the next round.

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