Team Malawi arrives in Nairobi
31 May 2012, 10:48
The Malawian flames arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday evening and say they are ready to face off with their hosts, the Harambee Stars on Saturday in a 2014 World Cup Qualifier.
Led by Coach Kenna Phiri, the squad of 20 players and six officials say they are in Kenya for the three points, though coach Phiri says that they do not in any way underrate the Harambee Stars.
“They are a good team, we have played them before and we dod not expect anything easy from them. But just like any other team, we are in for the three points and we will fight for it. We respect Kenya so much since they are no pushovers.
We have played them before and we know what they are capable of”, Coach Phiri told journalists at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport where the team touched down from Tanzania where they played a friendly match with the Taifa Stars over the weekend.
Coach Phiri has also said that with him, he has come with a young team adding that he left home most of his experienced players whom he described as not physically fit for the match.
“We had to leave my captain, my top scorer and one of my very good midfielders. To me, they did not match the physical strength exhibited by the other players and we had to leave them out. Also we are playing Nigeria after a week then Chad and I have to reserve some of the players”, Coach Phiri adds.
The match which will be the first leg of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers will be played on Saturday evening at the Moi Sports Centre in Kasarani. Tickets are already being sold in various KAPS Limited offices. They are retailing at KES 3,000 VVIP, KES 2,000 VIP, KES 1,000 for the front terraces, KES 500 for middle terraces and KES 300 for the upper terraces. Tickets can also be bought online at www.kapstickets.com.
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