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Meck Mwase fine-tunes squad

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MWASE—We will try our best

Malawi national football team coach, Meck Mwase, believes he has developed the right formula to start the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers strongly.

The Flames host South Sudan at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Wednesday before travelling to Kampala, Uganda to face the Cranes on Sunday.

Mwase, speaking after yesterday’s morning training session, said he was impressed with the way his charges were responding to his instructions.

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However, the former TN Stars coach said he took time to motivate his players to concentrate on the international game and forget about their club’s performance in Fisd Challenge Cup.

“I had a special meeting with the players because some tend to be affected psychologically after such games. I have told them that they are now international players as such they should not think about their defeats or victories in Fisd Challenge Cup,” he said.

Meanwhile, South African based trio of Gabadinho Mhango, Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu joined the squad Monday.

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Mwase added that he was impressed with the way his foreign land based players performed at their respective clubs over the weekend.

“We would like them to play the way they are playing at their clubs. This is a must win match for us, so it will be helpful if they translate their club’s performance to the national team,” he said.

Malawi are in group B alongside Burkina Faso, Uganda and South Sudan.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, has disclosed that the Flames will fly straight to Kampala, Uganda immediately after their match against South Sudan.

Gunda said the decision was arrived at following Flames’ tight schedule.

“We are placed in a tight situation whereby time is not on our side. This prompted us to make this arrangement which we believe is health for the team as the team will have time to rest before the match. We were fully aware that spending another day in the country would put more pressure on the technical panel and the players to fully plan for the game,” he said.

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