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Flames coaches monitor Tawonga Chimodzi ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

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Malawi National football Team coaching panel has said it is monitoring Cyprus-based midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi for possible recall, having been overlooked since 2014.

Chimodzi, who plays for Second Division side Omania Arradipou, has been outstanding for the club, having won the league title last season.

Flames Assistant Coach Lovemore Fazili said, under the guidance of Head Coach Meck Mwase, they collected footage to determine if Chimodzi should be included in the squad that will compete in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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“Immediately after earning 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals qualification, we started discussing different things including the issue of beefing up the squad. We have a lot of matches and the journey is too long to go to Cameroon next year. We are still checking on Tawonga and, once we are impressed, we might consider him,” he said.

In reaction, Chimodzi said he was ready to return to Flames set-up, having last played for the senior side in 2014.

Chimodzi said he was concentrating on helping his side after featuring in a lot of games.

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“I won the league last season as the only infield player, after goalkeepers, with the most game-time,” he said.

The last time Chimodzi played for Flames was in 2014, when Malawi, under the tutelage of Tom Saintfiet, lost 2-0 to Nigeria in Caraba in a World Cup qualifier.

Chimodzi has spent almost 14 years playing outside the country, after signing for the then South African Premier Soccer League side Engen Santos in the 2006/07 season.

He spent six seasons at Santos before moving to Greece, where he joined Second Division side Iraklis Psachnon for two seasons.

While in Greece, Chimodzi joined top division side Platanias before moving to Cyprus’ top division side AEZ Zakkakiou.

He then returned to Greece and, thereafter, Cyprus, where he signed for Arradipou.

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