The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced that the final draw for the South Africa 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations will now take place on October 24 in Durban.
The draw was initially set for October 26 but on Thursday the continental football governing body made the change without giving a reason.
Malawi is among 30 countries that are fighting for the last 15 slots for the finals that will be hosted by South Africa and will run from January 19th to February 10th.
The Flames' campaign faced a hitch last week after they were humbled 2-0 by Ghana in Accra in the first leg of the last qualifier.
Malawi now have to work hard and overcome the 2-0 deficit in the return leg set for October 13.
However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says the team has the potential to stun Ghana.
"I will meet the technical pane l soon to di s cus s the preparations for the return leg. We have to prepare thoroughly for the game," Nyirenda said.
Malawi have to beat Ghana by at least three goals and make sure they do not concede any goal.
Nyirenda said if the game ends 2-0 it would enter extra time and if the extra time would yield nothing the game would have to be decided through penalties.
"According to the rules of the tournament, there is no head-tohead. It's straight to penalties if there is draw and away goals fail to decide the winner," Nyirenda said.
The 15 teams that will emerge winners in the last qualifying round join hosts South Africa in the October draw.
2013 Afcon matches will take place in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Nelspruit and Durban.
Zambia is the reigning African Champion of the continent's biggest sports event.