Malawi pros Ngalande, Mzava in for Zimbabwe friendly: Kanyenda excited with return to Flames

Malawi will include only three of its foreign-based players—defender Limbikani ‘Pupa’ Mzava and forwards Esau Kanyenda and Robin Ngalande—in Saturday’s strength-testing match against Zimbabwe Warriors.

On Thursday, Mzava and Ngalande jetted in for the match while Kanyenda will join the squad on Saturday.

The Flames will use Saturday’s match to tune up for the forthcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Namibia’s Brave Warriors and Kenya’s Harambee Stars slated for June 5 and 12in Blantyre.

Head Coach Edington Ngonamo told reporters that he will throw into service domestic players to access them.

Flames captain Lucky Malata, Coach Ngonamo and Ernest Mtawali during the news Conference....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Flames captain Lucky Malata, Coach Ngonamo and Ernest Mtawali during the news Conference….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

“I will rely much on locally based players and it will give technical panel a chance to see their potential, “said Ng’onamo.

Kanyenda meanwhile told Nyasa Times in a telephone interview that   he will be jetting in the country on Saturday after failing to make it on Friday due to other club commitments.

He also pointed out that he is excited with the prospect of returning to the Flames.

Kanyenda has missed a number of games of late, but coach Ng’onamo named him in his squad.

“I look forward to my return. I know it will not be easy to earn a position in the squad as there are a number of up-and-coming strikers but I hope my role will be more of guidance,” said Kanyenda.

Flames captain Lucky Malata assured the nation of better results come Saturday but he was quick to urge fans to come in their large numbers to cheer the team.

“As players we are all ready to face Zimbabwe and this is our chance as local players to shine since most of the professionals will not be available,” said Malata.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda on Wednesday said the bulk of the professionals have been ruled out due to various reasons.

According to Nyirenda, those that have excused themselves are Mozambique-based captain Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo and his deputy Moses ‘Luba’ Chavula and South Africa-based Atusaye Nyondo, Harry Nyirenda, Peter Wadabwa and Tawonga Chimodzi.

Midfielder Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi has ruled himself out as he is supposed to attend the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards Gala.

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