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IN CAMP—Phiri

Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase is expected to have a full squad today as the last group of foreign-based players is expected to arrive in the country ahead of Sunday’s international friendly against Tanzania.

Flames Captain Limbikani Mzava of Amazulu FC, Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango, Flames vice Captain John Banda of UD Songo and Cyprus based midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi are expected to join camp today.

Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu was expected to join camp Tuesday as we went to press.

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed the development Tuesday.

“All the four players will board the same plane from South Africa to Blantyre,” he said.

Six foreign-based players namely Baroka FC midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior Moldova-based duo Peter Banda, Charles Petro, Polokwane striker Khuda Muyaba, defender Dennis Chembezi and Aberdeen left back Kieran Ngwenya are already in camp.

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According to Fam website, the Flames are expected to leave for Tanzania on Friday.

Mwase is using the fixture against Tanzania as part of preparation of the Cosafa Cup, World Cup qualifiers slated for September and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be staged in Cameroon next year.

Mwase said he was impressed with the fitness level of the players.

“All the players are geared and fighting for places in the final squad,” Mwase said Tuesday.

Malawi qualified to the Afcon finals which will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon, after finishing second in Group B with 10 points, two behind Burkina Faso.

However, the Flames alongside 23 other teams will wait a bit longer to know their opponents at next year’s tournament after the draw was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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