Malawi have named a mixture of experienced and up and coming players in their 30-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying round, first leg tie against Guinea in March.
In the squad, coach Ernest Mtawali , has also handed Azam Tigers goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe his first call up.
Also on the goalkeepers list is Brighton Munthali and John Soko of Blue Eagles, while those playing in foreign land, goalkeepers Simplex Nthara and Charles Swini have also been called.
Missing from the list is last season’s fantastic goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa, enterprising midfielder Yamikani Chester, while midfielder Nelson Kangunje, who was part of the squad that travelled to Cecafa – has been dropped.
Mtawali has also called some vastly experienced players like Joseph Kamwendo, Robert Ng’ambi and Robin Ngalande, while Atusaye Nyondo, Frank Banda and Esau Kanyenda were left out.
Also back in the squad is Mighty Be Forward Wanderers left back Francis Mlimbika after he recovered from his last season long injury.
The Flames’ boss was quick to confess it will not be easy to beat Guinea but said with the crop of the players which he has selected they will fight hard.
“Definitely we expect a very tough game. Guinea is not a small team, but with the players that I have we will make things very difficult for them. Guinea will work very hard for their money but we will make things very tough for them.
“We will try to play a very cautious game and if they open up, we get a chance, we will make use of it. And should we score, we will defend that goal to the end,” explained the Malawi coach.
Mtawali , however, highlighted Guinea’s tendency to play fast football, and knows his men must remain alert. He is confident, though.
Meanwhile, the local players are expected to arrive at Mpira Lodge on Sunday 21st February 2016 by 16:00 hours.
The foreign based players will join the team later on.
- Brighton Munthali – Silver Strikers
- Ernest Kakhobwe – AZAM Tigers
- John Soko – Blue Eagles
John Lanjesi – CIVO Utd.
- Wonderful Jeremani – Silver Strikers
- Yamikani Fodya – Nyasa Bullets
- Miracle Gabeya – Nyasa Bullets
- Pilirani Zonda – Nyasa Bullets
- Stanley Sanudi – Be Forward Wanderers
- Francis Mulimbika – Be Forward Wanderers
- John Banda – Blue Eagles
- Isaac Kaliati – Be Forward Wanderers
- Ernest Tambe – Be Forward Wanderers
- Dan Msimuko – CIVO Utd.
- Dalitso Sayilesi – Nyasa Bullets
- Chiukepo Msowoya – Nyasa Bullets
- Jabulani Linje – Be Forward Wanderers
- Schumacher Kuwali – Blue Eagles
Foreign based players Goalkeepers
Charles Swini – GD HCB Songo (Mozambique)
Simplex Nthala – Vilanculo F.C (Mozambique)
Limbikani Mzava – Mpumalanga Black Aces (RSA)
Harry Nyirenda – Black Leopards F.C (RSA)
Chimango Kayira – Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
Robert Ng’ambi – Platinum Stars (RSA)
Micium Mhone – Jomo Cosmos (RSA)
Joseph Kamwendo – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Gerald Phiri Junior – Township Rollers(Botswana)
Strikers Robin Ngalande – Platinum Stars (RSA)
Gabadihno Mhango – Bidvest (RSA)
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