Malawi stoke Flames ahead of 2019 Afcon qualifier against Morocco

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In April 1993 the Flames beat Morocco 1-0 away in an Afcon qualifier and now hope to repeat the same feat in Casablanca on Saturday

Malawi feel Morocco are not invincible ahead of their meeting with the North Africans in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Casablanca.

Having beaten Morocco away 25 years ago, Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu feels Malawi can repeat the same feat.

The Flames last qualified for the Afcon finals in 2010 and started the qualifiers for next year's edition with a 1-0 win over Comoros in June last year.

The match would be Morocco's first since their 2018 Fifa World Cup group exit in June, and now facing Morocco could prove to be a big challenge.

But Nyamilandu, a Fifa council aspirant, believes Morocco are beatable.

“As you go to Morocco, aim at being the first to score,” The Times of Malawi quoted Nyamilandu as saying.

“This is an opponent we have beaten before and we can do it again. This is a big test for you but be courageous and determined to pass it. Fear and faith do not go together, so believe and be fearless as you face the enemy.

“Yes, you are going there as underdogs but think deeply about what would happen if you win in Morocco. What would that mean to your careers? Don’t you think you can become instant heroes? Don’t you think the whole world will be talking about you?”

The Wits University duo of Gabadinho Mhango and Gerald Phiri are some of the experienced Malawi players.

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