Malawi Under-20 National Football Team Coach, Gerard Phiri Senior, has included eight Super League players and Under-17 starlets, such as Peter Banda, in the Junior Flames’ squad.
The Under-20 is preparing for the Cosafa Junior Championship to be held in South Africa from December 7 to 16. Malawi were drawn against Zambia and Zimbabwe in Group B.
In the 30-member provisional squad, Phiri has drafted Silver Strikers’ Levison Maganizo and Mark Fodya, Azam Tigers’ goalkeeper, William Thole, Premier Bet Wizards’ Trevor Kalema, Patrick Phiri, Edwin Carlo, Kondwani Mwaila of MTV Max Bullets and Nyasa Big Bullets’ Mike Mkwate.
The coaching panel has also promoted from the Under-17 squad Banda, Francisco Madinga, Hastings Banda and Captain, Hadji Wali, who travelled to the Under-17 Cosafa tournament in Mauritius recently.
Phiri said preparations have started on a high with the process of trimming the squad underway.
Phiri said all the players in camp were scrutinised and they were born on and after January 1 1998.
“I know that it is a big challenge for me and my colleague, Enos Chatama, but with the available resources, we will try to do better. The players are showing a fighting spirit and this is giving us the confidence,” he said.
He also said that his charges will play friendlies with the local clubs.
Thole, Christopher Mikuwa, Pilirani Mapira, Hastings Banda.
Defenders: Precious Sambani, Fodya, Trevor Kalema, Wali, Nickson Nyasulu, Happy Kasamba, Pilirani Thulu, Kennedy Kachimanga
Midfielders: Maganizo, Patrick Jekapu, Chimwemwe Idana, Kondwani Mwaila, Azizi Pindani, Madinga, Carlos, Ronald Pangani, Mphatso Magaleta, Banda, Mkwate.
Strikers: Patrick Phiri, Innocent Makanyera, Chipangano Sandukira, Yaphet Mang’ani, Blessings Joseph, Abel Mwakilama, Petros Mwale, Kozani Chitsa.
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