We are ready for Ghana and anything can happen in football – Malawi’s Namwela
Malawi needs three unanswered goals against Ghana on Saturday in the final qualifying match for 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations to reach the finals in South Africa. The assignment to stop the Black Stars of Ghana scoring rests on Malawian defenders and one of them is Foster Namwela who is returning from suspension that ruled him out of the first leg won 2-0 by Ghana. The Mighty Wanderers captain told Cafonline.com ahead of the weekend match that Malawi is ready for Ghana.
Cafonline.com: What is it that you guys learnt from the 2-0 first leg defeat in Ghana?
Namwela: Although I missed the first leg encounter through suspension as a team we know what we can expect from Ghana. Ghana has powerful and quick wingers and they also play possession football. We are ready and staying positive in the count down to the game knowing that in football anything can happen, any time. To be honest, we are relaxed in camp.
Cafonline.com: What has coach Kinnah Phiri been saying to the squad?
Namwela: He is cool. There is nothing much said save for his encouragement to us and asking us to remain positive. He has told us to avoid conceded at all cost in this game. He wants us to score first.
Cafonline.com: The Flames defence has been criticised for always conceding late, what is your take on this?
Namwela: Whenever the team lets in a goal, people point fingers at the defence but I do not think our problems are in defence. If we have problems at the back, then there are few. Sometimes a goal is conceded through a mistake originating from a striker or a midfielder but people tend to overlook this.
Cafonline.com: So what are the lessons from the first leg defeat?
Namwela: We have to try and close them down on the wings and also keep the ball because they are good at keeping it and if we lose it that will always be difficult to regain possession.
Cafonline.com: Does Malawi stand a chance of progressing to the finals?
Namwela: Chances are there, it is all up to us. If Ghana scored two goals in Accra why can we also not score two goals at home in Lilongwe?
Cafonline.com: Are you guys nervous with the prospect of facing such a star-studded Ghana side.
Namwela: No, not at all: neither are we afraid. We are ready to match Ghana pound for pound.
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