By Mabvuto Kambuwe
Malawi’s opponents in the Mopani Copper Mines Cosafa Youth Championship, Zambia, have included two overseas players ahead of the tournament slated for December 2-14 in Kitwe, Zambia.
While Malawi are yet to start preparations for the tournament, Zambia Coach Charles Bwalya has included in the provisional squad of 30 players, Mwiya Malumo who was in the development ranks of English side Wigan Athletics and Edward Chilufya who plies his trade with Swedish side Djurgardens IF.
“Zambia will look to regain the trophy they lost to rivals South Africa last year and extend their record victories in the regional championship,” www.Cosafa .com reported.
The Junior Flames are likely to include Kenya-based forward Andrew Malisero. Peter Banda, who is undergoing trials at South African side Bidwest Wits, is also expected to feature for Malawi during this year’s event.
Malawi assistant Coach Lovemore Fazili said his charges are not scared of facing any side at the tournament.
“We are going to focus on our squad and we believe we will do better than last year,” Fazili said.
Malawi are in Group A alongside hosts Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. Group B comprises defending champions South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius and eSwatini whereas Group C has Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Angola and Botswana.
Winners from each group will advance to the semi-finals of the competition with the overall best loser also progressing to the last four.
For the past two editions, the Junior Flames have failed to go past the group stages. Last year, Malawi exited the tournament at the same stage despite beating eSwatini 3-1.
The Junior Flames had earlier drawn 0-0 and 1-1 against against Zambia and Uganda, respectivedly.
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