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Meck Mwase opts for form, experience

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Alfred Gunda

Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase has named a 24-member squad basing on current form and experience ahead of back-to-back 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast.

The Flames will host the Elephants at Orlando Stadium in South Africa on Friday before facing Ivory Coast in Benin on Monday.

Mwase said he was confident with his final selection.

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“We have tried to include everybody who is in good shape at the moment and also those doing better abroad in their respective leagues. I hope this is a better squad,” he said.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda said local players and the traveling entourage would leave the country Wednesday.

“I can confirm that 24 players have indeed made the squad. We are hoping for the better when we play Ivory Coast,” he said.

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Gunda also disclosed that foreign country-based players will start camping in South Africa today.

Tanzania-based attacker Duncan Nyoni, who recently joined Tanzanian outfit Simba Sports Club, and his teammate are in the squad.

Ivory Coast, who beat Cameroon, have called four England-based players including Manchester United defender Eric Baily and Arsenal attacker Nicholas Pepe.

The Flames are third with three points from two matches whereas Ivory Coast lead with four points. Cameroon are second while Mozambique are fourth.

Here is the full squad:

– Richard Chipuwa

– Brighton Munthali

– Ernest Kakhobwe

– Peter Cholopi

-Gomezgani Chirwa

– Nickson Mwase

– Taonga Chimodzi

– Yamikani Chester

– Chikoti Chirwa

– Vincent Nyangulu

– Chimwemwe Idana

-Stanley Sanudi

Foreign country-based:

– Charles Petro (Moldova)

– Dennis Chembezi (SA)

– Gerald Phiri (SA)

– Christopher Banda (Moz)

– Fransisco Madinga (Georgia)

– Duncan Nyoni (TZ)

– Mike Mkwate (SA)

– Richard Mbulu (SA)

– Gabadinho Mhango (SA)

– Khuda Muyaba (SA)

-Peter Banda (TZ)

-Limbikani Mzava (SA)

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