Malawi can win CECAFA Cup, opener with Rwanda crucial – Chavula

Malawi national soccer team captain “Luba” Moses Chavula says the Flames opening game in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup against Rwanda on Monday  in Group C to shape up their campaign team at the tournament.

Chavula in an interview with Nyasa Times Sunday from Kampala, Uganda where the tournament is held. Cecafa settled for Malawi as replacement for Djibouti at the tournament as guest team.

“In any competition, first games are always important in order to boost confidence,” Chavula said.

He however expressed hope that the Flames will win the competition in concurrence with the head coach Kinnah Phiri’s belief.

Malawi skipper Moses Chavula: We can win Cecafa

“It is our dream as players to win this tournament. I believe it is possible but we just need to believe in our abilities,” Chavula said.

Just before departure, Kinnah said the team will aim to reach the final and even win the trophy.

“We have been at Cecafa twice and we ended up being knocked out in the quarterfinals but this time we want to go further and win the tournament,” said Kinnah.

Malawi squad:

Goalkeepers: Charles Swini (Silver Strikers), Owen Chaima (Big Bullets), Richard Chipuwa (Wanderers FC)

Defenders: Foster Namwera (Wanderers FC), Moses Chavula (Wanderers FC), Bongani Kaipa (Wanderers FC), Steve Chagona (Blue Eagles), George Nyirenda (Big Bullets), Pilirani Makupe (Civo United), John Lanjesi (Civo United)

Midfielders: Joseph Kamwendo (Wanderers FC), Patrick Masanjala (Blue Eagles), Mician Mhone (Blue Eagles), Ndaziona Chatsalira (Silver Strikers), Chimango Kayira(Big Bullets), Benard Harawa (Escom United)

Strikers: Chiukepo Msowoya (Escom United), Rodrick Gonani (Silver Strikers), Green Harawa (Silver Strikers), Innocent Bokosi (Blue Eagles)

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