"Malawi flames playing with mainly a young crop of locally based players is the team to watch", these are the words of their coach Kinnah Phiri who has promised fireworks when he clashes with Nigeria as he praised his charges energy and commitment warning Nigeria not to expect an easy outing.
Buoyant Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri is without doubt oozing with confidence ahead of their battle with African giants Nigeria in a World cup qualifying match to be played on Saturday in Blantyre,Malawi.
His sentiments come in the back drop of an impressive performance against Kenya's Harambee Stars in a match that saw his charges control all the departments getting a point away from home .
"I don't care if Nigeria carries their whole contingent of stars to Blantye but one thing they should not expect when they come home is any mercy.Football dynamics have changed and i would only be concerned if they were to play with 20 players but as long as it will be only 11 then i can promise them fireworks"
"We are going to give them pound for pound as my players are more younger and energetic .Our philosophy is to play as a team but Nigeria depends alot of individual players and that will be their undoing in Malawi.Our main aim is not to qualify for the World cup but this does not mean we will be losing games as our main focus is making it back to the African cup of Nations "Phiri told SuperSport.com
"We don't really mind the Nigerian big names as our aim is to beat them in front of our fans fair and square and prove to them we are no longer underdogs in Africa "Phiri added.
Phiri has had an impressive run with the Malawi team since taking over in 2008.The flames have not lost a game at home .Malawi drew with Kenya in a goalless draw played at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi but they were definitely the better side controlling all the departments.