Meck Mwase picks two squads
Malawi national football team head coach Meck Mwase expects to feature two different line-ups during two friendly matches against Lesotho.
The Flames left the country Thursday for Maseru to face Lesotho today and on Sunday at Sesotho Stadium.
Malawi travelled in two groups with the first comprising seven players who flew out from Blantyre to Johannesburg.
The rest of the squad flew out to Lilongwe from Blantyre before connecting to Johannesburg where foreign-based players were expected to join the trip to Maseru.
Mwase has retained the bulk of the squad that eliminated Botswana in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers last month with defender Trevor Kalema, midfielder Felix Zulu and Mike Mkwate being the only new additions.
The former TN Stars mentor said he would give every player a chance to feature in the two friendlies.
“My agenda is to have a strong starting line-up in both games. These matches will help us to prepare more players for the international stage. I need a wide pool to select from for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup group stages qualifiers,” Mwase said.
The Flames have taken advantage of this week’s Fifa calendar date to play the two matches in preparation for the continental qualifiers.
Mwase took over from Belgian Ronny van Geneugden whose contract was not renewed after expiry on March 31.
The former Flames captain signed a year-long contract in July and has Bob Mpinganjira, Lovemore Fazili, James Sangala and Swadick Sanudi as his backroom staff.
The following is the full squad:
Goalkeepers-Ernest Kakhobwe and Brighton Munthali.
Defenders-Precious Sambani, Stanly Sanudi, Peter Cholopi, Charles Petro, Gomezgani Chirwa, Trevor Kalema and Chembezi Dennis.
Midfielders-Chimango Kaira, Felix Zulu, Chimwemwe Idana, Micium Mhone, Mike Mkwate, Yamikani Chester, Chikoti Chirwa, Gerald Phiri Junior and John Banda.
Strikers-Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu, Robin Ngalande and Hassan Kajoke.
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