Beach Soccer Association (BSA) has named a 25-member provisional squad that went into camp at Lakeside Hotel in Salima District Sunday in preparation for the 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania later this month.
The team will host Tanzania on July 23 at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District before travelling to Dar es Salaam for the second leg two weeks later.
According to the list which Times Sport has seen, the squad includes five goalkeepers namely Justice Bonogwe (Nyerere), Mussa Katawala (Mangochi), Ibrahim Chufo (Karonga Hammers), Ishmael Gaye (FCM) and Ibra Banda of Pottery FC.
Other players in the provisional squad are Blair Kamanga (Beach Eagles), Isaac Kajamu (Nkopola), Thomas Kashoni (Munali), Eddie Jamu (Tourism) and Dala Simba from Vithenga FC.
Meanwhile, Willy Kumilambe has been appointed beach soccer national team coach.
Edwin Mtachi is his assistant whereas Panganeni Ndovi and Uppe Zalira have been appointed as team manager and goalkeeper trainer, respectively. Dexter Kili is the team doctor.
BSA Chairperson Gift Chimbalanga said they have confidence in the squad that has been picked.
“We are happy with the list of players. It is our hope to do well against Tanzania,’’ Chimbalanga said.
Malawi is among 14 teams fighting for a place at October 2022 finals to be staged in Maputo, Mozambique.
Senegal won the 2021 edition on home soil. Mozambique automatically qualify for the tournament by virtue of being hosts.
Beach Soccer was introduced in Malawi in 2007, but the team made its maiden appearance on the international stage during the inaugural Cosafa Cup held in Seychelles in 2016.
Former beach soccer national team coach Stereo Gondwe said Malawi should prepare well for the clash against Tanzania.
“Tanzania have a strong team. They invested a lot in beach soccer; so, we should expect a tough match. But I think Malawi can do well,” Gondwe said.
Malawi finished as runner-up following a 9-4 defeat to winners Madagascar.
However, Malawi did not take part in the 2021 edition held in Durban, South Africa.
Malawi participated in the Copa Dar es Salaam but lost all three matches to Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi in 2019.