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The Malawi National Football Team, the Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, has hinted that his charges might regroup on May 29.

The Flames want to prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’ home qualifier against Comoros Islands on June 10 followed by the Cosafa Castle Cup from June 25 to July 9 in South Africa.

In view of the forthcoming games, Van Geneugden on Tuesday hinted on changes to the squad.

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He said the squad would reflect his recent scouting mission in the TNM Super League and Airtel Top 8 Cup.

“In the next few days, there will be an official announcement about camping which might start next week. Officially, we are looking at May 29. We will try to play one or two friendly games to show our game-plan, which we tried to show against Madagascar but we did not succeed,” he said speaking at HTD Limited in Blantyre where he was presented with his official car [Kia Sorento CRDI].

Commenting about the vehicle which Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has bought him at a subsidised price of K12.5 million, Van Geneudgen, said the car would ease his mobility.

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“I am also a coach. Not just an office coach but somebody who wants to be with the teams and players to watch them during games and training sessions. For instance, last week I watched Blantyre United training session and I also went to Dwangwa and Lilongwe, so the vehicle will come handy,” he said.

HTD Sales Manager, Sandra Goto, said it was their corporate endeavour to support football all over the world.

“It has always been our wish and our goal that Malawi should become a big team in the world. So when we heard that they were looking for a car we decided to support them. The particular vehicle is a Demo Unit vehicle. It has a shelf price of over K50 million. But since it had few kilometres, we decided to put it at K22 million. For Football Association of Malawi, we decided to put it at K12.5 million,” he said.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, applauded HTD for its gesture towards football development.

“The coach is now settling in and should be able to execute his plans.

He will be able to follow through his programmes in the country,” he said.

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