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BY WILLIAMS GONDWA:

Malawi under-17 national football team faces a race against time to prepare for the Cosafa Youth Championship, which kicks off in Mauritius on July 19.

The junior Flames have 13 days only to prepare for group C matches against Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Angola at the tournament which will run until July 29.

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Team Manager, Enos Chatama, yesterday said they have devised a training schedule to make up for the lost time.

Chatama said they regrouped for training on Wednesday ahead of departure for Mauritius next weekend.

He said they have selected 26 players for trials so as to identify a 20-member final squad.

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“We might be under pressure to drill these players but we have no choice. We need to soldie on. All the players we had last year graduated into the under-20 national team.

“We could not ask for more time for preparations as Football Association of Malawi is also busy, taking care of the under-20 team which is also in camp. Fam also has a lot of programmes ahead of assignments for the senior team, so we will make do with the available time,” Chatama said.

Last year, the junior Flames lost 2-0 to Zambia in the semi-final to, for the second consecutive time, finish on third place.

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