Malawi coach Kinna Phiri says he is motivated to beat Ghana as a reward to the Malawian government for extending his contract.
The 57-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the job until January 2014.
The Malawian government announced the deal on Tuesday but have not gone public with the exact details.
The former Free State Stars trainer believes the timing for the renewal of his mandate will serve as a morale booster ahead of the crucial 2013 African Cup of Nations return fixture against the Black Stars.
“You know in Malawi, it is the government that pays the salaries of the technical team and they have decided to extend my contract until 2014 ,” Phiri told Sunyani-based Storm FM
“I believe the government want us to be motivated ahead of the Ghana match and we cannot disappoint them, we have to win and qualify as a reward to the government and the nation.
“Nothing will serve as a morale booster to me and my backroom staff than our contract extension ahead of the Ghana game.
“I don’t think Ghanaians will believe it but to me, we are working so hard together to surprise them at Lilongwe and reward the government hugely for recognizing our work.”
The Black Stars hold a 2-0 advantage against The Flames from the first leg with the reverse fixture scheduled to take place on October 13.