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John Banda joins Flames camp

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Meck Mwase

Malawi national football team captain, John Banda, has joined camp training ahead of the back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Burkina Faso next week.

Banda became the second foreign-based player to join camp after United States-based Yamikani Chester who remained in the country for off-season break following the Flames’ friendlies against Zambia and Zimbabwe last month.

Mozambique-based Banda said the team was working hard to get results against Burkina Faso.

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“We failed to score during the two friendly matches but there were some positives. From what I saw after my first training session, the players are hungry to do well. We just have to keep the spirit as we go into the two matches,” Banda said.

Another Mozambique-based player Schumaker Kuwali joined camp Thursday.

Coach Meck Mwase is expected to name the full list of foreign-based players today.

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Mwase has been working with local-based players since Monday last week.

The former TN Stars player said: “Finishing was one of our main problems during the Zambia and Zimbabwe matches. We created a lot of scoring chances but failed to convert them. So we are concentrating on building the players’ confidence.”

The Flames are expected to travel to Ouagadougou on Monday for the away game on Thursday, with the return match scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on November 16.

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