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Malawi Under-20 National Football Team arrived safely in South Africa on Monday morning ahead of their participation in the Cosafa Youth Championship.

The regional youth football championship, which has also attracted guests, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, kicks off today.

The Junior Flames, who get their campaign in motion against Zimbabwe at the 15,000-seater Moruleng Stadium on Friday, jetted in at OR Tambo Airport on Monday at 11: 00 am before proceeding by bus to Rustenburg, a town located in the North West Province bordering Botswana.

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Led by diminutive captain, Mike Mkwate, the Junior Flames looked in a relaxed mood aboard an Ethiopian Airways flight.

Despite not playing an international friendly, the Junior Flames’ Coach, Gerald Phiri Senior, believes his charges can match the Zimbabweans and the other group members, Zambia, in Group B.

“I am optimistic based on how we performed in six training matches. We won four games and lost two,” Phiri said.

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The Junior Flames are based at Orbit College in a town called Mogwase, which also has a venue for the matches.

Swaziland and Botswana get the action underway today in an early kick-off before paving the way for a meeting between hosts South Africa and Lesotho.

The competition ends on December 17, 2016.

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