Flames coach Ernest Mtawali has expressed satisfaction with the team’s preparations in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa where the team camped ahead of this Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifier against Swaziland’s Sihlangu Semnikati at Somhlolo Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland.
The Flames are expected to depart for Eswatini, Swaziland this Friday after camping in South Africa since last Sunday.
“Preparations have gone on very well. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“I am happy with the attitude and hunger shown by most of the players. The camp training has helped us to gel the players as we have a number of new faces in the squad,” said Mtawali from Mpumalanga yesterday morning.
He further said the training game they had against South African National First Division (NFD) side Mbombela United gave him and assistant Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan an opportunity to try some combinations and the formation they want to use against Sihlangu.
The Flames came from two goals down to force a two-all draw through goals from Gerald Phiri Jnr and Chawanangwa Kawonga.
“It [camp training] has also helped us acclimatise to the weather conditions as Swaziland is not far from here,” he said.
The Flames are joint bottom of Group L alongside Guinea’s Sylli Nationale having lost their opening matches to Zimbabwe’s Warriors.