The moment of truth is finally here for Flames coach Young Chimodzi and his troops to put all the talking, planning and paper work into action as they face Mozambique in the quarterfinals of the Cosafa Cup on Monday evening at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
At stake is a place in the semifinal, a stage which the Flames last reached 12 years ago when they went as far as the final losing to Zimbabwe 4-1 on aggregate.
Chimodzi said after his last training session on Sunday morning that his boys are ready for the showdown as the Flames look set to break the Cosafa title jinx.
Having taken the boys through two days of full training Chimodzi is confident of a getting a sound victory against the Mambas.
“We have a good picture of the team and all the guys are ready to play tomorrow and we hope for the best.
“We have worked on coordination as we had seven players joining us here. We made the corrections on the mistakes we made against South Africa.
“This is a game we must win and we need to attack but at the same we need to be solid at the back. Because there is now way we can be attacking and opening up at the back,” he said.
He also hinted of making a number of changes to the team that played against South Africa.
“We started very low against South Africa but we need to start on a high note on Monday so we will have more ball players,” he said
From the look of the things in training on Saturday and Sunday the coach may make six changes to the team that started against South Africa with McDonald Harawa, Yamikani Fodya, Gerald Phiri, Micium Mhone, John Banda and Robin Ngalande set to start.
The Flames have played two friendly matches in preparation for the Cosafa, losing 2-0 to Zambia and drawing 1-1 with Tanzania . They also lost 2-1 to South Africa in a practice match.