Mhango encourages Malawians to believe in themselves before of their match against Senegal.


Malawi must think they can get something out of their final Africa Cup of Nations Group B match against Senegal on Tuesday at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, where a point would likely secure a place in the second round.

Malawi is currently in third position in their Cup of Nations pool, with the top two teams qualifying to the knockout stages automatically, as well as the four best third-placed teams from each of the six pools.
Mhango scored a brace as the side fought back from a goal down to beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in their last game, only their second ever victory at the Cup of Nations, and thus eliminated their COSAFA opponents.

Malawi would have a decent chance of finishing in the top three if they drew on Tuesday, and with Senegal still finding their feet in the game, Mhango believes the Flames must think they can do something exceptional.
“It’s a massive game, and they look good on paper since Senegal has a lot of great names.” People may say we should be afraid of them, but at the end of the day, it’s only 90 minutes, and the outcome will be decided on the field,” Mhango says.
“People doubted us and viewed us as underdogs, but we have a huge heart, and I can tell that everyone on the team is excited to play that game and prove that we can beat them.”

Mhango, who plays for Orlando Pirates, believes that the Malawi players are battling not just for a place in the next round, but also for their professional football futures, with a strong showing in Cameroon likely to open doors for some of the group.
“My objective is to see Malawian players, including myself, play overseas [in Europe] since it is the only way we can demonstrate our talent.” We have guys who deserve to play in other countries.” I believe there will be four or five players from the squad who will play overseas following this event. That’s exactly what I’ve been telling the team. This tournament is being watched by everyone.

“They have to battle not only to win, but also to put up a nice show.”