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Deklerk Msakakuona calls for good preparations

Malawi under-17 national football team coach, Deklerk Msakakuona, has said the junior Flames need good preparations to improve on their bronze medal finish at the Cosafa Cup.

This year’s competition will, once again, be hosted by Mauritius, with Malawi scheduled to compete in Group C alongside Angola, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

In his reaction to last week’s draw in Polokwane, South Africa, Msakakuona described the lot as being fair.

“It is a fair group. But the fairness is only on paper. Things could be different on the pitch. We need good preparations to win the group.

“If we do not prepare well, the group will be tough for us. It is just a matter of proper planning and good preparations,” Msakakuona said.

The Cosafa tournament has been slated for next month and Msakakuona said his team is expected to go into camp later this month.

“As technical panel, we submitted our programmes to Football Association of Malawi and we are supposed to conduct trials to select players from regions. From there, we shall have a national squad that will go into camp,” Msakakuona said.

The tournament will run from July 19-29 with Malawi expected to improve on their bronze medal finishes in 2016 and 2017.

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