Their match later today at the ongoing Nations cup has been dubbed battle of the south -South. Both COSAFA members, Flames of Malawi and Warriors of Zimbabwe will be trying to salvage their fortunes especially after losing their opening B matches.
Zimbabwe conceded a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Senegal, while Malawi lost to Guinea by the same result.
In their third Africa Cup of Nations appearance, Malawi are still to surpass the group stage. And if they are to do so this time round, they will need a win over southern neighbors Zimbabwe.
With just one win in seven games, The Flames will do their best for maximum points that will set the pace towards a historic place in the knockout stages.
Malawi coach Andrew Mwase is looking forward to correcting whatever mistake that may have been made in the first match
“We had a very good but unlucky performance against Guinea. We took note of our mistakes and playing Zimbabwe will be totally different. We have some players back after missing the first game. Zimbabwe are a very good side tactically, but I have told my players we are in a must win situation.”
The Warriors will have a lot to worry about if what Flames forward Geralkd Phiri is anything to go by.
“The mood in the camp is buoyant and as players we have resolved to go all out and get a win against the strong Zimbabwe team. We had a lot of opportunities against Guinea that we never made use of. Now it will be a different game against Zimbabwe.”
It has been almost 16 years since Zimbabwe last won an AFCON game. Since beating Ghana 2-1 in 2006, The Warriors have failed to win in their last seven Africa Cup of Nations matches, gathering just a couple of points in the process. Coach of the side Norman Mapeza is happy his side have put the Senegal last minute defeat aside and have vowed to clinch the second game.
“We have been working on recovery after the last-minute loss to Senegal. We have a very good side, and we know our game against Malawi is a mist win. I spoke to the players who were very emotional, and I am happy they have decided to forget the Senegal game.
I am not going to make changes to my squad but will just emphasize on consistency and using our chances effectively.” There is no doubt that the match will be tactically demanding and many will be wanting to know who and which is stronger arrows of the warriors or burning fires of the flames.