Malawi FA boss warns Super Eagles

By Farayi MungaziBBC Sport
Malawi team photo
Malawi's Flames at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola

The president of the Football Association of Malawi has warned Nigeria not to take the Flames lightly in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

But Walter Nyamilandu feels Malawi are not short on experience and have the wherewithal to give the Nigerians a run for their money.

"Nigeria are the favourites in this group but we're a team that cannot be underrated and taken for granted," Nyamilandu said.

Nyamilandu added that the Flames made a statement a year ago when they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

"There's a football revolution in Malawi; we're in a very good position now to qualify for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year."

Although he spoke highly of the pedigree of the Super Eagles, Nyamilandu told BBC Sport that Samson Siasia's team has a major weakness.

"It's a very tricky group; we're saying we have a very good chance of flexing our muscles if we plan everything very well."

"Although Nigeria are favourites, their away record is very bad so we're hoping they'll flip along the way and help us top the group."

Nyamilandu made it clear that the task of reaching Brazil in 2014 is not going to be easy but backed his Flames to create history.

"We're also very ambitious and have set our sights on trying to go to the World Cup for the first time in the history of Malawi football.

"The first thing that we need to have is the belief and we have a lot of self-belief.

"We've played some tough teams in the past, and should be able to face Nigeria and take them head on."

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