Malawi National Team Coach, Meke Mwase, is still hopeful for a win against South Sudan despite Flames loss away to Ethiopia on Wednesday afternoon.
The Flames were beaten 4-0 in a friendly match which was used to prepare for AFCON matches against South Sudan and Uganda next week.
In a post match interview, the former Flames Skipper said the result is not true reflection of South Sudan and Uganda games because he used local based players.
“We used local players that have been idle for so long but I believe professionals will will bring change when they join the team and I am optimistic for a victory,” said Mwase
The only professionals that were featured are Gerald Phiri Jnr, John Banda and Schumacher Kuwali and they were introduced in the final half of the match.
Ethiopia relied on goals from Mesud Muhammad, Gefane Kedebe, Safaeso Diganene and Bobokel Nazil to massacre Malawi.
Malawi will date South Sudan next Monday 24th March in Sudan and five days later they will host Uganda at Kamuzu Stadium.
The Flames needs to collect six points in their last matches of 2022 AFCON qualifiers to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.
By Eric Chiputula