Soccer fans have said the Flames need nothing short of a win if they are to restore the nationâ€™s faith.
Manson Kantondo and Kim Kamau said the fans expect the Flames to sweat blood and win Saturdayâ€™s showdown to rekindle public faith.
Said Kantondo: “Nigeria are no longer a force they used to be in the past. With a good strategy and right approach, we can beat them.”
He advised coach Kinnah Phiri not to feature players out of position.
“Personally, I want him to start Atusaye [Nyondo] and Robin [Ngalande] upfront because they are capable of giving the Nigerians a tough time,” he said.
Apparently, Kamau also said he would love the duo to start upfront and introduce Chiukepo Msowoya later.
“This is a game we cannot afford to lose or draw. We need to win such high-profile games for us to progress and I believe we can beat Nigeria on Saturday,” he said.
Star Radio sports presenter Nelson Chigwenembe said the Flames need to score early so as to unsettle the West Africans.
“It will be dangerous to allow them to settle down because if they score first, then they can defend and that will not be pleasant for us,” he said.
Chigwenembe also suggested that Nyondo and Ngalande should start upfront.
“In the game against Chad (which Malawi lost 3-2), their combination appeared deadly and perhaps he should try to feature the two young strikers and then throw in Chiukepo and Russell [Mwafulirwa] at a later stage.
Another fan, Jailosi Chakuamba, said the Flames should not fear the Super Eagles.