Seasoned football analyst Charles Nyirenda has tipped the Flames to capitalise on Chad's vulnerable de¬fence to win the match Saturday and qualify to the next stage of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in South Africa.
Nyirenda observed that in Malawi's three meetings with Chad their defence has been exposed and found wanting because they have conceded at least two goals in each game.
In 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier first encounter at Kamuzu Stadium, Malawi won by a staggering margin of 6-2 while in the return match it ended in a 2-2 all draw. In the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers first leg in Chad, Malawi lost 3-2.
"If you observe these results, you will find a pattern that in each game played Chad conceded at least two goals which means they are weak in defence. On the other hand they are strong in attack because in each game they managed to score two goals.
"Therefore, the national team coach Kin¬
nah Phiri should develop his tactics based on these observations. We need to maintain our strong defence which only conceded one goal in the two 2014 World Cup qualifiers we have played against Kenya and Nigeria," he said.
To further highlight Chad's frailties, Nyirenda cited a friendly match Chad played in DRC Congo on their way to Malawi against TP Mazembe in which they lost 4-2.
Nyirenda said the Flames coach should also sharpen the strike force which has come under intense criticism following a string of draws some of which were goalless.
"Our strikers and midfielders need composure when they are in scoring positions. We have very good strikers because some of them like Atusaye Nyondo are proven goal scorers at their respective clubs. Kinnah just needs to work on players' composure and posi¬tioning in the danger zone so that they get the goals we need," he said.
Nyirenda said the team has been play¬ing very well since they have been playing a good passing and attacking football which has seen them creating a number of scoring chances in the last few games.
"At this stage it is right to say the re¬building exercise is in the right direction because the new players are respond¬ing very well and blending well with the other established players. The only problem perhaps is that the coach de¬layed to throw in these young ones but I think we have a good young team for the next three years," he said.
Fam president Walter Nyamilandu also concurred with Nyirenda saying Chad are beatable and that Malawians should rally behind the national team.
"This is a crucial match because if we lose we are out of the 2013 Nations Cup. Therefore, we need to rally behind the team and the coach so that they all have the confidence to upset the 2-3 deficit suffered away. In Chad Malawi played under a very hostile atmosphere but here we need to support the Flames and make them feel they are indeed playing at home," he said.
Nyamilandu also noted that Chad have a weak defence and that Malawi should capitalize on that and win with a bigger margin.
"Malawi should repeat the feat they achieved at the Kamuzu Stadium the last time we played Chad. We must maintain our good home record and score more goals like we did last time," he said.
Nyirenda also played down calls for Kinnah's resignation saying they are ill-timed and based on frustrations other than concrete football facts that mirror the Flames performances over the last few years.
"People are acting on emotions because they are frustrated with the draws. The coach has a very crucial match against Chad as such it is ill-timed to call for his resignation because it creates unneces¬sary pressure could eventually have a negative effect on the preparations and the game itself.
"We need to rally behind the team and the coach during the match so that we can win and then evaluate the coach's performance and then make a decision," he said.