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Three Flames foreign country-based players have joined camp in preparation for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea next month.

The three are Al Hilal attacking midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior and Polokwane duo of striker Khuda Muyaba and defender Dennis Chembezi.

Phiri Junior arrived Tuesday whereas Muyaba and Chembezi joined camp on Monday.

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The arrival of the three players is a boost for Flames coach Marian Mario Marinica, as he will have more time to assess the players.

Some of The Flames players have been struggling for game time at their respective clubs.

But Phiri Junior is enjoying a rich vein of form, having scored three goals in three consecutive matches for his club in Sudan.

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Muyaba had a good season with Polokwane, having scored 15 goals in the Glad Africa Championship in the just-ended season.

However, Flames captain Limbikani Mzava, Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango and Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu are struggling for game time.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) website announced yesterday that Marinica is expected to name his final squad on Monday.

However, Marinica was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

Recently, he said he was satisfied with preparations ahead of the two matches.

Sports analyst Sherry Msuku said The Flames should prepare well for the two matches.

“It is good that the foreign country-based players have started arriving. This will give Marinica a chance to assess them in good time before announcing the final squad,” Msuku said.

The Flames will host Ethiopia at Bingu National Stadium on June 5 before facing Guinea away four days later.

In September, Malawi will face Egypt home and away before meeting Ethiopia and Guinea again in March next year.

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