By Mabvuto Kambuwe
Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, have moved to Lilongwe as they continue preparations of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea next month.
The Flames will host Ethiopia at Bingu National Stadium on June 5 before facing Guinea in Conakry four days later.
Meanwhile, the Flames have been boosted by the arrival of four foreign-based players, who have already joined camp.
Moldova-based defender-cum-midfielder Charles Petro joined camp Friday.
Sudan-based attacking midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior and Polokwane duo of defender Dennis Chembezi and striker Khuda Muyaba joined camp early last week.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) website reported yesterday that five players including Phiri Jnr, Muyaba, Chembezi, Chawanangwa Gumbo and team officials have left Blantyre yesterday morning for Lilongwe.
“Other local-based players, who were released for club assignments will join the team in Lilongwe tomorrow [Sunday] evening while other foreign land-based stars will join the team between tomorrow and Tuesday,” reported Fam website.
Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu, who has been linked with Golden Arrows’ move, has also arrived in the country.
Head of Technical Panel Mario Marian Marinica will announce the final squad for the two matches tomorrow.
The Flames will have a busy schedule this year as they will also participate in 2022 Cosafa Cup from July 5-17 in Durban, South Africa.
Local-based players will take part in Nations of African Championship in July as the Flames have been drawn against Zimbabwe.