Malawi national football team is expected to face their Zambian counterparts in a friendly ahead of the back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso slated for next month.
Football Association of Malawi General Secretary, Alfred Gunda said the friendly will take place during the first week of March.
“We have indeed secured a friendly match against the Chipolopolo to be played during the first week of March at a venue to be announced later. This is a very good development as Zambia are better placed on Fifa rankings compared to us and this gives us an advantage,” he said.
The game comes as a relief to Flames Coach, Meck Mwase, who has been requesting Fam to arrange friendlies ahead of Afcon and World Cup qualifiers.
“I am so excited. Will use the game to assess the squad,” Mwase said.
The Flames mentor recently announced that he will recall South Africa-based duo defender Limbikani Mzava of Highlands Park and Polokwane FC forward, Khuda Muyaba, to the national team set-up.
The Flames are third in group B of Afcon qualifiers with three points from two games after beating South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium but lost 2-0 away to Uganda.
Uganda lead the group with four points from two games at par with Burkina Faso.
In World Cup qualifiers, Malawi having eliminated Botswana, were drawn against Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique.
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