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Meck Mwase turns to Andrew Malisero

NEW FLAME—Malisero

Meck Mwase

After enduring his charges’ comical display against Zambia during a friendly in Lusaka on Wednesday, Malawi national football team Coach Meck Mwase has called up Kenya-based Andrew Malisero for tomorrow’s match against Zimbabwe at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

The youngster, who joined Kenyan giants Gor Mahia on a three-year deal, arrived in the country yesterday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

Mwase said Malisero had always been in his plans and expressed hope that the player would add depth to his striking force which has fired blanks in three consecutive matches in all competitions.

“He is a dedicated youngster and very strong. I worked with him at the under-20 national team and I know he will give us the edge in our preparations. We have been monitoring him and we believe this is the right time for him to come and join us,” he said.

Mwase would be hoping to find the right balance upfront after his troops suffered a 1-0 defeat to a second string Zambia side on Wednesday at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Malawi will play Zimbabwe behind closed doors in line with Covid-19 prevention measures.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director, Gomegzani Zakazaka, said the match has been moved to Mpira due to operational reasons.

“Hosting the match at Mpira Stadium will be very easy because the facility was already disinfected before the Flames started training. In addition, it will be easy for us to control entry so that only those with specific roles to play are admitted into the stadium. The game will be played behind closed doors and there is no compromise,” Zakazaka said.

Malawi and Zimbabwe are warming up for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Algeria, respectively.

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