Malawi national football team Coach Meck Mwase has said there are considerations to bring in some new faces into his squad as preparations resume on Sunday.
The Flames are preparing for back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations matches against Burkina Faso next month.
Malawi will regroup with a local-based squad that was part of the two friendly matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe a fortnight ago.
Mwase said the new faces will comprise local players who have been in his plans for some time.
“We want to give them a chance to prove if they are worthy wearing Flames colours. After the two friendly matches, I engaged my technical team to point out which department needs more attention.
“So as we regroup this weekend, expect new faces. However, the majority will be players who have been with us before,” Mwase said.
Soccer pundit Kevin Moyo said Mwase’s decision was a clear indication that he was not satisfied with his charges during the two friendlies.
“Mwase may not have been satisfied with some of his players during the friendly games against Zimbabwe and Zambia and he wants to cast his net wider,” Moyo said.
Another analyst, George Kaudza Masina, said: “Mwase’s decision could be right or wrong depending on several factors. During the two friendlies, he might have discovered weaknesses in his squad which need some polishing on one hand.
“On the other hand, time for experimenting with players is long gone. He should have had his starting lineup by now. As such, calling new faces might be a challenge,” Kaudza Masina said.
He said foreign-based players would be crucial to Mwase’s success in the qualifiers as they play at a higher level.
“We may just have to support his idea to bring in new faces if the Flames are to make a difference. Foreign-based players such as Limbikani Mzava, Madinga and Khuda Muyaba could also be considered in order to have a wider choice for the team and enhance competition among the players.
“Let the priority be on the striking force. We tend to expect too much from Gabadhino Mhango only. When Mhango is marked out of the game as was the case with the two friendlies, the Flames became vulnerable,” Kaudza Masina said.
The Flames will start with an away encounter in Ouagadougou on November 12 before hosting the Stallions a week later.