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Malawi Under-23 ready for first match

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By Williams Gondwa:

Malawi under-23 national football team is set to play its first training match of its Belgium tour against Sint- Truidense VV (STVV) today at STVV Stadium in Genk.

The junior Flames arrived in the European country on Sunday after leaving Malawi on Saturday afternoon to continue with preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games qualifier against Zambia next month.

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Assistant Coach, Peter Mponda, said his charges are geared up for the seven training matches lined up in Belgium, which tops the Fifa world football rankings.

Mponda said the trip would help revamp Malawi football just like what happened during the tenure of trainer Manfred Hoener.

“We are hopeful that the boys will work hard to start on a high as they face STVV. We arrived safely and all is well. The boys are responding well to training and our coming here is a revolution for Malawi football. We have told the players that this is the only platform for their exposure and they are working hard.

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“Let me thank Football Association of Malawi and our national coach Ronny van Geneugden for arranging this trip. I can assure you that this team will go far as we did when Hoener took us to Denmark for camping,” Mponda said.

After today’s game, the junior Flames will take on PSV tomorrow before clashing with OHL on Monday.

The team is expected to leave for Egypt on March 3 for a friendly with Egypt on March 8.

Malawi return home on March 9 ahead of back-to-back matches against Zambia on March 20 at Kamuzu Stadium and away in Lusaka some six days later.

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