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Meke Mwase rings changes

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By Williams Gondwa, In Durban, Sa:

FOCUSING ON NEXT MATCH—Mwase

Malawi national football team interim Coach, Meke Mwase, expects the Flames to maintain their winning attitude despite that he will ring the changes to the starting XI that meets Mozambique’s Mambas today.

“We are not relaxing but it is good to rest some players ahead of the other games. The changes are good because the other players need to gain experience. Despite the changes, we hope to get the same positive response from the players. The key is that all the players must maintain a winning attitude,” Mwase said.

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The Group B academic match for Malawi is scheduled for King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban, where the Mambas are playing for pride.

Malawi sealed their quarter-final place after collecting six points following 3-0 and 2-1 wins over Seychelles and Namibia, respectively.

Mwase, who is leading a three-member coaching panel after replacing Ronny van Geneugden, said he would make four changes to the playing squad.

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Goalkeeper Brighton Munthali will start in goals ahead of first-choice Ernest Kakhobwe who will be rested alongside youngsters Charles Petro, Chimwemwe Idana, stand-in-Captain John Banda and Richard Mbulu, who took a knock on Tuesday.

Following the changes, defender Dennis Chembezi, midfielder Chikoti Chirwa, forward Peter Banda and striker Hassan Kajoke will get the nod in the game against the Mambas.

The Flames and the Mambas of Mozambique last met in 2015 when they drew 2-2 in the same competition before the latter won via post-match penalties.

Against Mozambique, Malawi have won nine matches, lost 10 and drawn eight.

Mozambique lost 2-1 to Namibia on Sunday and drew 0-0 with Seychelles on Tuesday.

The Mambas lie third in the group with one point just like bottom-placed Seychelles, who meet second-placed Namibia today in another match.

The rest of the teams in the group are out of contention for a quarter-final berth whereas the Flames, irrespective of the outcome of the game against Mozambique, date Zambia on Sunday in a last-eight contest.

Mambas are coached by former Liverpool defender Abel Xavier, who has brought to the tournament star players such as Elias Pelembe, Mano-Mano, Edimilson Dove and Antonia who featured in the 2-1 loss to Namibia.

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