There was no rest for the Under-20 Malawi national football team which went straight into camp from South Africa ahead of Saturday’s 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) return leg final qualifier against South Africa’s Amajita.
The Junior Flames held Amajita to a goalless draw in the first leg in South Africa. The return leg tie is slated for Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Team manager Aubrey Nankhuni said on arrival on Monday afternoon, the team went straight into camp.
“We do not even have the luxury to give the boys’ a day’s rest. We are in camp now and we resumed training this morning [yesterday],” he said.
Nankhuni also said the squad is injury free.
However, the Junior Flames have suffered a minor setback as left back Joseph Balakasi has been ruled out of the decisive showdown having accumulated two yellow cards.
“He is not available for selection, but we have suitable replacements,” he said.
Coach Meke Mwase said his charges now have to make use of home ground advantage when the two teams meet in the return leg.
“It’s still tight, but at least we have an edge if only we could make use of home ground advantage. It was an even match, but with an ounce of luck, we could have won it,” he said.