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A TIRED Warriors side was expected to arrive in Malawi for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Friday midnight ahead of Saturday’s match at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

The Warriors only left Harare close to 12pm on Friday afternoon, but striker Cuthbert Malajila was keeping his mind focused on the job at hand.

They are understood to have crossed the border into Malawi just around 6pm after arrangements had been made to meet the team there as the border closes an hour earlier.

But they had hiccups along the way as the bus they were using broke down for some minutes before they crossed the Nyamapanda border.

Speaking before departure, Malajila said the last experience against Tanzania was bad and they have to make up for it.

“Remember we drew 2-2 at home against Tanzania and we failed to qualify for the 2015 finals and we have to make up for that,” the Mamelodi Sundowns striker said.

“We know what is expected of us and we will try to do our best there.

“There are no small teams in football these days and Malawi won at the Cosafa Cup and lost 2-1 to Egypt showing that they are a good side and they will be playing in front of their home fans.”

Malajila is likely to start upfront with KV Oostende of Belgium striker Knowledge Musona, who returns to the team for the first time since 2013.

Musona missed the Tanzania match due to injury.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa has selected Kaizer Chiefs hard-man Willard Katsande as captain and he will play holding role position, most likely with Chicken Inn skipper Danny Phiri.

But for Malawi coach, Young Chimodzi, the Flames have no excuses going into Saturday’s match.

Chimodzi told a news conference at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre on Wednesday morning that the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has played its part and now the ball was in the court of his players to deliver the goods against the Warriors.

“There is no excuse. We have a team that is very prepared. FAM has given us everything we needed for preparations and we just have to deliver the goods,” Chimodzi said after the team’s sponsors Carlsberg Malawi Limited donated travelling bags and T-shirts to the team.

Flames captain Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo said the team is ready and the players looking promising

“We are going to continue where we left at Cosafa cup in south in South Africa, Zimbabwe is a good side I cannot underrate it but we will do everything possible to win the game said Kamwendo.

Source : New Zimbabwe