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Scotland-based star accepts Flames call up


Walter Nyamilandu

Scotland based left back, Kieran Ngwenya, has been included in the Malawi National Football squad, after accepting a call up.

Ngwenya, who plays for Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC, is set to join camp Sunday ahead of an international friendly against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars slated for June 13.

The left back flew out of Scotland Friday and is expected to arrive in Blantyre Saturday afternoon.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) website reported that the player was excited before leaving Edinburg Airport Friday.

“It is an honour to be given an opportunity to represent the Flames. I am excited to get involved and meet the team,” the left back told Fam’s website.

Flames coach Meck Mwase hailed Fam for making an effort to bring the player to Malawi.

“We are happy that discussions with the player, his parents and agent as well as his club went well. He is finally coming to join us. He is a young player who is playing at top level and he will add value to the squad,” Mwase said.

The coming in of Ngwenya will provide option at left back following the injury of first choice left back Precious Sambani who will miss the remainder of the season.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu was excited for making a breakthrough to convince the highly-rated defender.

“During our January 2020, executive committee meeting, we resolved to go flat out and trace talented players with Malawian roots across the world to convince them to come and play for Malawi,” Nyamilandu said.

Ngwenya joined Aberdeen Under 18 from Tynecastle Colts in 2019 and has risen through the team’s ranks. During the 2020/2021 season, he was part of the match day squad on 12 occasions.

He made two appearances in the Scottish Premiership and on both occasions came on as a substitute against Ross City.

He was on the bench as Aberdeen lost 4-1 away and 2-1 to champions Rangers, coached by Livepool and England legend Steven Gerald.

On March 25, he was loaned for two months to Scottish League One side Cove Rangers. The loan expired on May 12 and he has since returned to Aberdeen.

He is set to join Aberdeen first team for pre-season upon return from Malawi.

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