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Malawi National Football Team Coach Marian Mario Marinica has received a timely boost after five players have been certified fit to join camp ahead of the 2022 Cosafa Cup slated for July 5 to 17 in Durban, South Africa.

The five players are Nyasa Big Bullets defenders Precious Sambani, Gomezgani Chirwa, midfielder Chimwemwe Idana, Blue Eagles striker Schumacher Kuwali and Silver Strikers forward Stain Davie.

Sambani, Chirwa, Idana and Kuwali joined camp on Monday in Blantyre whereas Davie is expected to join the team this evening after the Silver match against TN Stars in the TNM Super League.

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The three Bullets players did not report for camp in the first week as the club claimed they were injured whereas Kuwali had malaria. Davie had a knock.

In an interview Tuesday, Fam Communications and Competitions Director Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed the development.

“The four players have joined the rest of the teammates and we expect Davie later this week,” he said in a brief response.

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The Flames are expected to fly to South Africa this weekend.

Meanwhile, Marinica has called Eagles veteran defender Sankhani Mkandawire and Mighty Wakawaka Tigers goalkeeper Dalitso Khungwa.

The two players were not part of the 30-member provisional squad.

However, Marinica was not readily available for comment yesterday.

Marinica has also included foreign country-based players namely striker Gabadinho Mhango, John Banda, Peter Banda and Khuda Muyaba. But goalkeeper Charles Thom and defender Chembezi Dennis have been ruled out due to injuries.

The Flames are in Group B of the 2022 Cosafa Cup alongside Lesotho, eSwatini and Mauritius. They will start their campaign against Lesotho on July 6 at King Zwelithini Stadium before meeting eSwatini at the same venue two days later.

Malawi will meet Mauritius on July 10 at Princess Magogo Stadium in the last match of the group stages.

The overall winner will advance to the quarterfinals and will face Senegal.

Former Flames midfielder Sherry Msuku was optimistic that The Flames would reach the quarterfinals.

“Although we are in a tough group I believe we can finish on top,” Msuku said.

The Flames would be hoping to do well after a disastrous campaign last year in which they failed to register a win in four matches. They lost two and drew similar matches.

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