Musona confident of victory

HARARE - Despite all the problems that have rocked the Warriors’ preparations ahead of their tie against Malawi, striker Knowledge Musona says they have quickly shifted their attention to their bid for a place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The players had to assemble at a very short space of time with national team coach Calisto Pasuwa almost walking away in protest of his dues owed to him by Zifa.

The team also refused to fly to Malawi on Thursday afternoon as the players demanded their allowances and match fees before departure.

In the end, Walter Magaya, leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance, paid the players, who finally agreed to leave for Blantyre on Friday morning by road.

The Warriors were scheduled to arrive in the Malawi capital this morning head of the match which kicks-off at 14:30.

Despite all these troubles, the Belgium-based Musona was confident the Warriors would get a result.

“We are expecting a tough match in Malawi,” he said. “They are not a bad team. They play well at the Cosafa Cup. I think they will be coming at us since they are playing at home; they also want a result.

“But we also need a good result which makes it a tough match. We are going there to do our best and bring a positive result. Everyone is going there to ensure we bring a good result.

“We just need to be tactical as highlighted by the coach. As you are aware some of us have not been active; it’s off season. We need to help each other and play as a team. We just need to be good on how we apply ourselves.”

Musona, who now plies his trade in Belgium for KV Oostende, added that the team should throw caution to the wind and attack to unsettle the home side.

“We need to go there and attack as much as we can. You know the best way to defend is to attack. We will need to try and control the tempo of the game,” he said.

“I think we will just go and do what the coach wants. I am confident we can pull up a good result.”

Malawi have been gearing up for this match since last month.

Most of the players in the Flames squad took part in the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup in South Africa last month.

Malawi also took on record African champions Egypt in an international friendly on Monday night which they lost 2-1.

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