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Patrick Mabedi proposes regular camping

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Malawi Under-20 National Football Team Coach Patrick Mabedi has asked Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to maintain the team and keep the players active.

Mabedi said this after his boys were eliminated from the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Cosafa Qualifiers on goal-difference.

“We do not have opportunities to play friendlies due to lack of resources. Looking forward, the future of the team is bright but it depends on how we manage it. We need to be active. If possible, we should be together for at least a week after some months. If we just go and disappear, then there will be nothing that we can achieve,’’ Mabedi said.

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Malawi crashed out of the competition after finishing second with six points from three matches, level on points with South Africa.

They defeated Namibia 5-2 in their last match of the tournament.

The first group of the players was expected to arrive yesterday afternoon, with the last group arriving this morning.

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Leader of delegation Tiya Somba-Banda, who is also chairperson for the sub technical committee of Fam, welcomed the idea of regular camping.

“Depending on the availability of resources, we should be able to do this because the bulk of these players are from the project that Mabedi himself initiated in 2020,” Somba-Banda said.

The majority of the players in the current Under-20 team will be eligible to take part in next year’s competition.

Sports analyst Sherry Msuku said the young Flames were punished for losing to Comoros.

“They made life difficult for themselves when they lost to Comoros. Not all is lost though,’’ he said.

During this year’s competition, Malawi started the competition with a 2-0 victory over South Africa but lost by the same margin to Comoros Islands.

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