Under-20 squad sparks criticism


FOOTBALL Association of Malawi (Fam) has come under fire for calling into the Under-20 national football team camp some players deemed to be overaged.

The players are expected to undergo a week-long training camp at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre. Fam released names of 29 players to report for the training tomorrow.

However, the inclusion of some players like Trevor Kalema, Levison Maganizo (both Silver Strikers), Mike Mkwate (Nyasa Big Bullets) and Abel Mwakilama (Chitipa United) has sparked debate on social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp.


Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, and the association’s Transfer Matching Systems Manager, Casper Jangale, who is also acting media officer, could not be reached for comment.

However, development coach, Enos Chatama, who was coach when the Under-20 team competed at the Cosafa Youth Championship last year, said it was too early to attack Fam for the callup. “Of course, the inclusion of some players may have raised some eyebrows.

However, I think it’s too early to hit at Fam without understanding the logic behind the selection. This is just a provisional squad and some players might have been called for the sake of transition.


“Fam may have done some research and they have the database of the players. And if records indicate that the called players are indeed under 20, who are we to dispute without any proof?” he queried.

Fam, through Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, is organising a series of local training camps for players to grasp the Belgian trainer’s football philosophy.

The list of the called players is as follows:


Christopher Mikuwa (Blantyre United), William Thole (Azam Tigers), Hastings Banda (Fish Eagles), Patrick Njolomole (Silver Strikers)


Nixon Nyasulu (NMC Big Bullets), Kondwani Mwaila (Silver Strikers), Trevor Kalema (Silver Strikers), Ben Manyozo (Dwangwa United), Hadji Wali (Silver Strikers), Timothy Silwimba (Mzuni), Precious Sambani (Be Forward Wanderers), Mark Fodya (Silver Strikers), Kelvin Kadzinje (Premier Bet Wizards)

Midfielders and strikers:

Gregory Nachipo (Blue Eagles), Chimwemwe Idana (NMC Big Bullets Reserves), Levison Maganizo (Silver Strikers), Petros Mwale (Azam Tigers), Mike Mkwate (NMC Big Bullets), Solomoni Saenda (Blantyre United), Francis Nkonda (Civil Sporting), Pindani Azizi (Zomba United), Josophat Kwalira (Azam Tigers), Frank Mlimanjara (Premier Bet Wizards), Peter Banda (Griffin Young Stars), Misheck Botomani (Premier Bet Wizards), Frascisco Madinga (Be Forward Reserves), Patrick Phiri (Premier Bet Wizards), Abel Mwakilama (Chitipa United), Ronald Pangani (Silver Strikers).

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