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BRACE FOR ADEBAYOR: The star striker to lead Togo in the Flames’ match

Malawi National Football Team should brace for a tough ride in Morocco as the Flames’ sparring partners, Togo, have named a strong squad ahead of next week’s warm up match.

The final batch of the Flames left Tuesday for Morocco ahead of the friendly matches against Mauritania tomorrow and Togo next Tuesday at Stade Adrar in Agadir City.

Republique Togolaise newspaper of Togo has since reported that the Sparrow Hawks’ Coach, Claude le Roy, has included 14 foreign-based players in his 23-member squad.

Former Arsenal, Red Madrid and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who plays for Basaksehir Instabul in Turkey, will captain the Togolese squad.

Other foreign-based players in the squad are Mathieu Dossevi of Standard Liege in Belgium, Dove Wome from SuperSport United in South Africa and Spain-based Dakonam Djene from Getafe.

Save for France-based Nyavedji Elom of Nancy, the Togolese squad arrived in Morocco on Sunday. Elom was expected in camp yesterday.

In the last meeting with Togo in 2011, Malawi won the game 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium with the previous match having ended 1-1 in Lome.

The Flames, too, have travelled to Morocco with a strong squad comprising Captain, Limbikani Mzava of Golden Arrows in South Africa, Bidvest Wits’ Gerald Phiri Junior, Gabadinho Mhango and Robert Ng’ambi from Platinum Stars.

The squad also comprises Mozambique-based John Banda (Ferroviaro de Nampula), Frank Banda, Charles Swini (Songo) and Richard Mbulu from Costa dol Sol and Lusaka Dynamos’ Dalitso Sailesi.

However, the worry for the Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, is that his charges have scored and won once in seven games in all competitions since April when Football Association of Malawi (Fam) hired him.

Malawi, ranked 106, and Mauritania (86) rarely meet. Togo is ranked 113.

The Daily Times was unable to get information about Mauritania’s preparations for the Flames, but they lost 1-0 to Botswana in the last international match.

Royal Morocco Football Federation will host the friendlies after signing several partnerships with its counterparts in Africa such as Fam.

Morocco is reaching out to many associations on the continent as part of its campaign to bid for the hosting of 2026 Fifa World Cup.

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