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Meke Mwase calls six foreign-based players

Malawi national football team Coach, Meke Mwase, has called up six foreign land-based players for this weekend’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Botswana at Francistown Sports Complex.

Flames’ home-based players regroup at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre today after they were released for the opening week of the TNM Super League second round.

Attacking midfielder Yamikani Chester of North Carolina FC in the United States and Azerbaijan-based striker Robin Ngalande have returned to the squad after missing the Cosafa Cup in June.

Orlando Pirates’ Gabadihno Mhango, the Baroka FC duo of Gerald Phiri Junior and Ricahard Mbulu and UD Songo midfielder John ‘CJ’ Banda have been maintained in the squad.

But Chawanangwa Kaonga, who plies his trade in Mozambique, has been omitted.

Mwase said the players would start arriving today while Gabadinho is expected to join the team in South Africa enroute to Botswana.

“It is my hope that the foreign land-based players will join us without injuries as they return from their respective clubs. Their coming will help us to finalise our preparations,” Mwase said.

Mwase will be hoping that his troops would take their Cosafa Cup form to the World Cup qualifiers.

Malawi won three games, lost two and drew once at this year’s regional tournament in Durban, South Africa.

Malawi and Botswana last met in the 2018 Cosafa Cup in South Africa where they shared spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Fourteen winners from the global competition’s preliminary round would join the 26 seeded teams in the group stages.

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