Flames stars join camp

Meck Mwase

Malawi National Football Team foreign country-based stars joined camp Tuesday ahead of back-to-back dead rubber 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon and Mozambique.

The Flames will host Cameroon at Orlando Stadium on Saturday before facing Mozambique at Mathieu Kerekou Stadium in Cotonou, Benin.

Football Association of Malawi Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said all the players that were called into camp arrived Tuesday including Moldova-based Charles Petro of Sheriff Tiraspol and UD Songo midfielder John Banda.


“The Flames had their first training session at Wits University [on Monday] without the three players,” he said.

Gerald Phiri Junior, who joined Sudanese giants Al Hilal on a two-year deal, was the last person to join camp yesterday.

South Africa-based players, namely Captain Limbikizani Mzava, Francisco Madinga of Dira Gori, Polokwane city stars Khuda Muyaba, Mike Mkwate and Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu, took part in the training session on Tuesday.


Red Lions midfielder Chikoti Chirwa, who was undergoing trials at Polokwane, also joined camp.

The local players arrived in South Africa on Monday.

Flames coach Meck Mwase dropped Orlando Pirates striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango, who is lacking game time at his club in DStv Premiership.

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

“Everything is going on very well and morale is also high,” Mwase said.

Malawi were eliminated from the qualifiers after back-to-back defeats to Ivory Coast last month.

The Flames have three points from four matches, seven points below leaders Ivory Coast.

Cameroon are second with six points whereas Mozambique anchor the group with one point from four matches.

Mwase is using the games as part of preparations for Africa Cup of Nations finals to be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 2022.

The Flames were drawn in Group B alongside Senegal, Zimbabwe and Guinea.

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