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Ronny van Geneugden impressed with players’ fitness

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Malawi national football team Head Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, has said he is impressed with local players’ levels of fitness after two weeks of pre-camp training at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

Speaking on Friday as the camping came to an end, Geneugden said it was pleasing that the sessions were without any injuries and all players responded well.

“There was a lot of improvement in the general performance of all the players. Everybody was fit and raring to go. I cannot complain,” he said.

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The Belgian coach attributed the players’ impressive fitness levels to the physical fitness sessions which were held in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre late last month.

Geneugden said the players would be recalled for another two-week camp training session from March 5 ahead of the Uganda friendly match 22 days later.

“Since the Uganda match is on a Fifa calendar date, I expect the foreign players from March 19. We need to have a full strength team for the match,” he said.

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The Flames have players plying their trade in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said resources are available for the match as it was budgeted for.

Gunda said Fam values the importance of such friendly matches as they help the Flames to remain in shape.

“We settled for the match with our Ugandan counterparts during the annual Caf [Confederation of African Football] congress held in Morocco early this month. We believe Uganda will give us a good test in Kampala,” he said.

The match will be the first for the Flames this year after a 1-1 draw against Lesotho in November last year.

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