Malawi regroup for Tanzania tie in World Cup qualifiers

The Malawi national football team aka the Flames regrouped on Monday in readiness for the 2018 World Cup preliminary qualifiers against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars.

Training camp for Flames -Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Training camp for Flames -Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Malawi coaches  Mtawali and Ramadan..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Malawi coaches Mtawali and Ramadan..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The 25-member locally based squad is on training camp at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

The players looked composed and determined during their first day training session as head coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nswazirimo Ramadan were drilling them.

Winners of Malawi and Tanzania will face Highest-ranked African team Algeria, who took eventual 2014 world champions Germany to extra time in a last-16 clash in Brazil.

The two-leg first-round ties are scheduled to be played between October 5 and 13 with the second-round fixtures to be staged between November 9 and 17 this year.

Places in the group stage await the 20 second-round winners with the five table-toppers going to Russia.

Mtawali has called up two more new faces, midfielders Levison Maganizo and Kondwani Kumwenda of Fisd Wizards and Be Forward Wanderers respectively.

Returning to the squad are defender Miracle Gabeya (Big Bullets), midfielder Harvey Nkacha (Kamuzu Barracks) and striker Luka Milanzi (Wanderers).

According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, the Flames could face either Uganda or Kenya in a friendly match enroute to Tanzania.

Following is the full squad: Goalkeepers: Bright Munthali, Juma Chikwenga and Richard Chipuwa; Defenders: Stanley Sanudi, Pililani Zonda, Yamikani Fodya, Emmanuel Zoya, John Lanjesi, Gabeya, Wonder Jelemani, Chisomo Mpachika; Midfielders: Isaac Kaliati, John CJ Banda, Yamikani Chester, Dalitso Sailesi, Chikoti Chirwa, Levison Maganizo, Kumwenda and Nkacha; Strikers: Chiukepo Msowoya, Manase Chiyesa, Deus Nkutu, Muhammed Sulumba, Green Harawa and Milanzi

The Flames will take on Tanzania away in Dar es Salaam on October 7 while the return leg is slated for four days later at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.


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21 thoughts on “Malawi regroup for Tanzania tie in World Cup qualifiers”

  1. ashbEl says:

    Zimatiwa wawa tikamaluza

  2. Notis gogoda says:

    O de best

  3. Baba says:

    All the best our Flames

  4. chimzy says:

    all the best flames.

  5. Kalanka says:

    Koma mwasiya Raffiq “Shehe” Mussa kukatenga Luka Milanzi?? Acoach’tu penapake..!

  6. zidana says:

    malawi sizatheka olo mutabweretsa fergasoni, Team iyiyi singawine ndi tanzania kenako muyitananso ma profetionals no quality of good players here unless system ya kale ija idzayambenso but it needs money, even coaching panel ilipoyi singafanane ndi ija munachotsa ija iyi ndi yofooka kwambiri it cant deliver

  7. lot chiweta says:

    All the best ma flames

  8. joker says:

    Big up frames squad ya nyatwa mwachita bwino kumusiya ras fischer butcher kondowe. Koma mwaiwala Rafiq mussah

  9. Zaire says:

    Ife tikufuna kuwina basi

  10. Chenda says:

    The Flames; the Flames; the Flames our great Football Team. Keep up and fight on. Best wishes to you all and the officals.

  11. Bristol says:

    Good team by my worry is on goalkeepers where Flames are struggling because we don’t have a good keeper in the likes of Swadick Sanudi. All the best Flames as you prepare for Taifa stars

  12. Edoms says:

    Flames please make history

  13. mphatso says:

    You train players for ten years to gain experience then when they are needed you dump them to train new ones.where is the logic here.mind you,you are not a national coach to try players you get the best in the country and play them period.we are sick and tired of these excuses hey a draw against lesotho is unacceptable at this level.If you saw how Tanzania played their game then you know that you got no chance at all.The conclusion of the matter is that since we know that Malawi can never ever win the world cup nor the afcon lets just win these small games and make the nation proud.

  14. ndege says:

    The winner will be awarded a tip of lake Tanganyika. By the way it is ours by virtue of being nebas. If a tip of yr house tips inside yr Nebas plot it belongs to him so too a tree branch, a car, yr animal etc. Watch out don’t let yr spouse touch them or yr bag they will claim it. Habari

  15. Antoni apaphata says:

    Ernest we have always loved you.The waway you aregoing about doing your work shows that you are in control. Mbatama za bullets zikamba zitopa but thisis waway to go. No kunyengelera. Discipline first. Why do u think the Germans win? Discipline. Groom and take those boys to great lengths. Asafuna akakolope lake Malawi

  16. Hope c chitekesa says:

    Wish you flames players good training

  17. KUKAYA WA KUKAYA says:


  18. Magwala says:

    izi ndiye za ziiiiii,luka milanzi atithandiza chani?
    tikangoluza game iyi,basi m coach nonse paulendo,musatisaukitse ife.

  19. Gunde wa ndevu says:

    Keep it up coach Mtawali, I just love that squad, there is a great meaning inside.

  20. Peter27 says:

    So glad that you have dropped all the so called “professional players”. Whether we win or not, atleast we will know that our players played hearts out for their nation! Well done!

  21. Njolinjo says:

    Koma zitithandiza izi?

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