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Mario Marian Marinica wants Under-23 to replicate Flames

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director Mario Marian Marinica has challenged Malawi Under-23 National Football Team players to replicate Flames’ performance at Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Marinica made the remarks Monday at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre before they left for a tri-nation tournament in Turkey.

“We want to produce more players like Peter Banda and Charles Petro who are exposed to international football. We also want to produce players for the Olympic Games and also Africa Nations Championship. So we are looking at under-17, 18, 20, 21 and 22 players,” he said.

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The junior Flames will face Kuwait in the opening match on Thursday before taking on Togo four days later.

The team, having passed through Addis Ababa, is expected to arrive in Istanbul, Turkey, today ahead of their opening game on Thursday.

Marinica, who is being assisted by Flames Under-20 Coach Patrick Mabedi and Flames Under-17 Coach De Klerk Msakakuona named a 26- membersquad which included two players for the senior side in defender-cum-midfielder Sheriff Tiraspol Charles Petro and Dila Gori attacker Francisco Madinga.

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The two, alongside Zambia based forward Chifundo Mphasi, will join the team in Turkey.

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