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Flames regroup early next month

Flames will regroup early next month after the conclusion of nonresidential training last Friday in all the three regions ahead of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) back-to-back qualifiers against Burkina Faso.

The Flames will travel to Ouagadougou for the first leg slated for March 28 before hosting the Stallions on March 31 at Kamuzu  Stadium in Blantyre.

After the conclusion of non-residential training, Flames Coach, Meck Mwase, said he was satisfied with the fitness level of his players.

“We were working with the boys because they were just idle as their teams were on break and with the Burkina Faso matches just a few weeks, away it was important to keep them busy.

“Now that most of the teams have started pre-season training, we believe that the boys will maintain the fitness. “The three weeks have been successful. We did everything that we had planned and we thank the boys for working very hard,” he said.

Mwase and his backroom staff have been drilling the players in all three regions since January 28, to keep the players in shape ahead of the crucial matches.

The former TN Stars mentor is expected to have a full squad when regrouping in March. The former Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers player will likely to recall defender Limbikani Mzava who has missed Flames matches for close to a year due to injuries.

Mwase would bank his hopes on Orlando Pirates free scoring striker Gabadihno Mhango and Gerald Phiri Junior. The Flames are third in Group B of Afcon qualifiers with three points from two games after beating South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium.

But the Flames lost 2-0 away to Uganda in the second game of the campaign. Uganda lead the group B with four points from two games at par with Burkina Faso.

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