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Malawi national football team, Flames arrived in Tanzania yesterday ahead of their World Cup preliminary round qualifying first leg match against the Taifa Stars at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Wednesday.

The team flew out through Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) in Lilongwe aboard Malawian Airlines.

Flames coach Ernest Mtawali is expected to have a full squad today when foreign-based players join the team in Dar es Salaam.

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Speaking soon after arriving in Tanzania, leader of delegation, Paul Mzungu, said morale is high in camp a head of the clash.

“The players look in good shape ahead of the match,” Mzungu said in a telephone interview.

On Friday, Mtawali was brimming with confidence that the Flames would triumph in Tanzania.

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The winner of the two-legged tie will face Algeria in the next round of the continental qualifiers.

Tanzania, especially at home, are no pushovers and they demonstrated their resilience when they held Nigeria to a goalless draw last month.

The Taifa Stars have maintained the same squad, which include TP Mazembe duo of Thomas Uliwengu and Mbwana Samata.

Flames full squad:

Goalkeepers: Simplex Nthala and Brighton Munthali.

Defenders: Stanley Sanudi, John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Miracle Gabeya, Pilirani Zonda and Limbikani Mzava.

Midfielders; Isaac Kaliati, Chimango Kayira, Robert Ng’ambi, Micium Mhone, John Banda, Dalitso Sailesi, Gerald Phiri Jnr.

Strikers: Manase Chiyesa, Robin Ngalande, Chawanangwa Kawonga and Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango.

 

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