The team lost to Algeria 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last Saturday, and many soccer lovers may already have ruled out any victory in Algeria, but Captain Joseph Kamwendo is optimistic the Flames will upset the tables in Algiers on Wednesday.

The DRC based midfielder expressed his optimism in an exclusive interview with Malawi News Agency on Sunday at Chileka Airport before the team departed for Algeria.

Kamwendo urged Flames’ fans to forget Saturday’s woes and look forwards to an interesting second leg of the AFCON 2015 qualifiers against the Desert Foxes on Wednesday.

“Our squad is strong enough to produce the desired results and the players are keen to shine on Wednesday. “I think we have the squad which is capable of delivering,” Kamwendo said.

“Now with the news that Mali won to Ethiopia everyone is willing to
prove a point,” he added.

South Africa based defender Harry Nyirenda, insisted the Flames had the talent to prove their critics wrong.

“I’m very optimistic that we are going to deliver. I can’t think of anything else, but a win. We have a squad and the talent which is capable of winning,” he said.

The players looked smart in their new umbro tracksuits and green golf shirts.

Some of the players on the trip are Robert Ng’ambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Francis Mlimbika, John Lanjesi, Frank Banda, Gastin Simkonda, Chiukepo Msowoya, Bashir Maunde, Mecium Mhone, Richard Chipuwa, Robin Ngalande, Chimango Kayira, Philip Masiye, and Mac Donald Harawa.

The Desert Foxes of Algeria are basking comfortably on the summit of group B  with 9 points. Mali’s Eagles are second with 6 points; The Flames are third with 3 points and the table is anchored by Ethiopia’s Walias who have neither won nor drawn a game.

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