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RVG, Meke Mwase keep Europe trialists’ names under lock and key

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

At least three players from the Malawi under-23 national football team could return to Europe to undergo trials after impressing during their two-week tour of Belgium.

The junior Flames returned home on Saturday through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre after playing seven training games including six matches in Belgium.

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Flames mentor, Ronny van Geneugden (RVG), who is also an overseer of Malawi under-23, declined to mention names of the players likely to return to Europe for fear of jeopardising the teams’ preparations for the two back-to-back 2019 under-23 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Zambia later this month.

“The group was fantastic and chances are that at least three can return to Europe to undergo trials. It is too early to mention names because currently we are preparing for a crucial match; so, we do not want this to sink into their heads,” RVG said.

Malawi under-23 Coach, Meke Mwase, said it was important to keep a tight lid over the names to ensure that the players concentrate on preparations for the Zambia encounter.

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Mwase said the coaching panel had identified a possible starting team for the match and would not want to disturb the players’ thoughts about the match by disclosing the list earmarked for Europe trials.

“The players need to concentrate on the job at hand. We have a team in mind that can compete strongly and releasing names of players who will be going for trials could destabilise our preparations. We do not want our players to start thinking about Europe before accomplishing the task at hand,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malawi Under-23 Captain, Chimwemwe Idana, who is among the players that impressed during the tour, said the trip was fruitful.

“We learnt quite a lot in Belgium and Egypt. The tour will help us perform better against Zambia. We are highly inspired going into this game and we would like to brush Zambia aside,” Idana said.

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