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New faces in Flames squad

Malawi senior men’s national football team coach, Meck Mwase, has included some new faces in the 30-member squad to start non-residential training on Tuesday.

The Flames will start non-residential training in preparation for back to back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Burkina Faso between 23rd and 31st March 2020.

Malawi will start away to Burkina Faso before hosting them a week later at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Mwase has included Kamuzu Barracks goalkeeper Bondage Lweya, Be Forward Wanderers striker, Vincent Nyangulu, Ntopwa FC midfielder Mphatso Magaletsa, Mlatho Mponela defender Eric Kaonga, Lusekelo Malema of Karonga United and Civo defender Nickson Mwase.

Notable exclusion from squad which lost to Uganda 2-0 is Wanderers defender Lucky Malata.

In an interview Mwase, said Malata was still in his plans but has not been considered due some reasons.

“We included him because most of the players were injured but now they have recovered. The door is still open for him as we have more crucial games ahead of us,” Mwase said.

Mwase also disclosed that forgotten defender Limbikani Mzava would be recalled for the full time camping in March. Mzava

is back to fitness having played for his club Highlands Park in two consecutive games in Premier Soccer League in South Africa.

According to Fam, the non-residential training will be held in three Regions for three weeks before the team regroups for full time residential camp in March.

“Northern Region based players will be training at the Mzuzu Stadium under Charles Kamanga while those based in the Centre will be working with Mwase’s Assistant Lovemore Fazili at the Civo Stadium.

Mwase, fitness trainer Bob Mpinganjira and goalkeeper trainer Swadick Sanudi will be working with the Southern Region group at the Kamuzu Stadium,” reads part of the statement from Fam.

Civo defender, Nickson Mwase, was excited with his first call up.

“It feels great and I will work hard so that I should not disappoint the coaches,” he said.

Foreign based legion will join the preparations in March for the crucial matches.

The Flames are third in Group B of Afcon qualifiers with three points after beating South Sudan. Uganda lead the group B with four points from two games at par with Burkina Faso whereas South Sudan anchor the group.

The team was handed a tough draw in the 2021 Qatar World Cup qualifiers alongside heavyweights Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Mozambique.

Below is the full squad:

GOAL KEEPERS

  1. Brighton Munthali – Silver Strikers
  2. Charles Thom – Silver Strikers
  3. Rabson Chiyenda – Nyasa Big Bullets
  4. Bondage Lweya – Kamuzu Barracks
  5. William Thole – Be Forward Wanderers

.DEFENDERS

  1. Ted Sumani- Be Forward Wanderers
  2. Stanley Sanudi- Be Forward Wanderers
  3. Trevor Kalema- Silver Strikers
  4. Peter Cholopi – Be Forward Wanderers
  5. Nickson Nyasulu- Nyasa Big Bullets
  6. Nickson Mwase- CIVO
  7. Eric Kaonga- Mlatho Mponela
  8. Precious Sambani- Nyasa Big Bullets
  9. Gomezgani Chirwa- Nyasa Big Bullets
  10. Lusekero Malema- Karonga United

.MIDFIELDERS

  1. Mike Mkwate- Nyasa Big Bullets
  2. Chimwemwe Idana- Nyasa Big Bullets
  3. Rafick Namwera- Be Forward Wanderers
  4. Duncan Nyoni- Silver Strikers
  5. Peter Banda- Nyasa Big Bullets
  6. Lloyd Njaliwa- Moyale Barracks
  7. Mphatso Magaleta- Ntopwa United
  8. Felix Zulu- Be Forward Wanderers
  9. Isaac Kaliati- Be Forward Wanderers
  10. Micium Mhone- Blue Eagles
  11. Chimango Kaira- Nyasa Big Bullets

.STRIKERS

  1. Hassan Kajoke- Nyasa Big Bullets
  2. Foster Bitoni – Blue Eagles
  3. Patrick Phiri – Nyasa Big Bullets
  4. Vincent Nyangulu- Be Forward Wanderers
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