The Malawi under-17 start their 2020 COSAFA Youth Championship campaign against South Africa today in the reset fixtures.
The organizers of the tournament were forced to revise the fixtures after four teams were disqualified because of age cheating.
The tournament had already started on Thursday when the four namely; Botswana, Comoros Islands, Eswatin and Zimbabwe were being disciplined a day after the commencement.
Those remaining for the tournament include, hosts, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Angola.
After today’s game, the Junior Flames will play Zambia on Tuesday and Angola on Thursday.
All the matches that were played before the action was taken have been cancelled and will be regarded as warm up games and will have no bearing on the new tournament.
The final will still be played on Sunday as was the initial plan with the final match being played by two top teams in the four-team tournament.
The Junior Flames coach, Deklerk Msakakuona knows how crucial winning is at the tournament.
“We need to win the game against South Africa and ofcorse two games so that we qualify for the big tournament in Morocco. We however do not wan5t to give pressure to the boys,” says Msakakuona.
According to COSAFA, “The two sides that reach the final based on their position in the group will have already achieved one ambition by qualifying for the 2021 CAF Under-17 Cup of Nations that is scheduled for Morocco in the middle of next year.” Reads part of the statement.”