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Flames preps start next week

MWASE—We will try our best

Malawi national football team players are expected to return from the off-season break to begin preparations for two back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Burkina Faso.

The two teams will first meet in Ouagadougou on March 23 before locking horns again on March 31 in Blantyre.

In preparation for the two matches, Flames Coach Meck Mwase has said he would release names of 30 local based players today for non-residential camping next week.

Mwase said the players would be training in Mzuzu, Blantyre and Lilongwe as they prepare for full time camping.

Former Moyale Barracks coach, Charles Kamanga, has been assigned to drill players based in the Northern Region in Mzuzu while Central Region-based players will be under Flames assistant coach Lovemore Fazili in Lilongwe.

Mwase and his physical fitness trainer, Bob Mpinganjira, will be with Blantyre-based players.

“This non-residential training will take us the whole month of February before we embark on full time camping. The players are on off-season break and we need enough time to train them,” Mwase said.

He expressed hope that his charges would be given a chance to play a strength testing match before facing Burkina Faso.

“Playing a friendly match before meeting Burkina Faso is a must. We are in talks with Football Association of Malawi’s secretariat on this. Of course we are also aware of the fact that this will also depend on the availability of teams ready to face us,” Mwase said.

Mwase said he would invite all of the country’s 12 foreign-based players who are currently enjoying game time in their respective clubs.

The Flames are on position three in Group B of the campaign with three points from two matches while Uganda are leading with four points.

Burkina Faso, who also have four points from the same number of matches, are second.

South Sudan anchor the group with no point.

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