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Malawi national football team assistant Coach Lovemore Fazili has a chance to prove his ability to guide his charges to victory in a friendly against Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka, this afternoon.

The Flames are without coach Meck Mwase who is in Holland for a coaching course.

Malawi are using the match to fine-tune for back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Burkina Faso later this month whereas Zambia will face Botswana in the same competition.

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Malawi and Zambia are familiar foes having met on numerous occasions in different competitions and friendlies.

Fazili has travelled with a home-based squad that has Vincent Nyangulu, Isaac Kaliati, Foster Biton, Hadji Wali, Rabson Chiyenda and Nickson Nyasulu who are yet to make their maiden appearances.

But he has experienced campaigners Peter Cholopi, Stanley Sanudi, Precious Sambani, Gomezgani Chirwa, Chimango Kayira, Rafick Namwera, Micium Mhone, Chikoti Chirwa and Chimwemwe Idana.

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Hassan Kajoke is expected to lead the frontline.

Fazili said the match would offer them a perfect opportunity to assess the players ahead of the Burkina Faso match.

“The players have to show character. This match should prepare them for the big stage. They have a chance to impress if they want to be picked for Burkina Faso,” Fazili said.

New Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has named a 35-member squad of local players such as Francisco Mwepu, Collins Sikombe, Rally Bwalya, Kennedy Musonda, Patrick Gondwe, Dominic Chanda, Zachalira Chilongoshi and Allan Chibwe.

Malawi will face Burkina Faso on March 26 before hosting them on March 31 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

The Flames are third in Group B of the Afcon qualifiers with three points having played two games. They beat South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium before losing 2-0 to Uganda in the second match.

Uganda lead the group with four points, at par with Burkina Faso whereas South Sudan have no point.

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