Stage sets for Bafana v Malawi friendly

Malawi head coach Kinnah Phiri claims his team will not be looking to do Bafana Bafana any favours as Gordon Igesund’s side prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The two countries will line up in an international friendly on Saturday as part of South Africa’s pre-tournament schedule, and Phiri says the Flames have been instructed to go all out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“We are not worried about what Bafana Bafana wants to do, we are happy that we have brought a young team that we want to have a look at,” Phiri told Football411.

“I feel these young players will give them a very good run for their money. I’m sure people will be entertained. These young guys did well in the CECAFA cup recently and they are catching up very quickly. We will put up a good fight.”

The former Free State Stars coach says the presence of former Orlando Pirates duo Joseph Kamwendo and Chiukepo Msowoya, as well Robert Ng’ambi, will help Malawi against a Bafana squad which is made up mainly of locally based players.

“We have guys who have lots of experience in the South African game. I am sure that will assist us on the pitch on Saturday,” he said.

“The South African league is a strong and professional one so we know the players Gordon Igesund has put out will be a competitive team.

“We watched South Africa’s game against Zambia and a few others we know the fact that they are building for AFCON means they will be difficult to beat.”

Phiri says his team will be using the match as part of their preparation for the upcoming FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

“We have embarked on gearing the team up for World Cup Qualifiers and the 2015 AFCON. This match will give us a chance to see if our guys are maturing,” he concluded.

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