Malawi squad leaves for Cosafa: Gaba, Jose and ‘Baggio’ not included

Malawi national football team Head Coach Young Chimodzi and his backroom staff have finally released names of players expected to fly to South Africa Thursday for the showdown at the 15th edition of the Cosafa Cup tournament.

Coach Chimodzi with his charges -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Coach Chimodzi with his charges -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

The Flames will play their first game against the Mamba’s of Mozambique in the quarterfinal stage on Monday 25th May, 2015.

The technical panel has made few changes from the provisional squad that was earlier sent and published on Cosafa website.

The list of professionals on board includes defender Limbikani Mzava, midfielders Chimango Kaira, Gerald Phiri Jnr and Frank Banda, goalkeeper Charles Swini, plus strikers Robin Ngalande and Zicco Nkanda.

The locally based players list include Macdonald Harawa, Lucky Malata, Bashil Maunde, Yamikani Fodya, John Lanjesi, Francis Mlimbika, Chikoti Chirwa, Ernest Tambe, Fischer Kondowe, John Banda, Micium Mhone, Tizgobere Kumwenda and Muhammad Sulumba.

Regulars missing on the list include Captain Joseph Kamwendo who plays for TP Mazembe in DRC, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Gabadinho Mhango and Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi of Platinum Stars.

Mighty Be forward Wanderers first choice goalie Richard Chipuwa has also been dropped for the first time in over the past year.

Reports from South Africa indicates that Ng’ambi is still nursing a hamstring injury but confirmed that he will be available for the Flames African Cup of nations Qualifiers.

Expectations

Meanwhile, government and the Football association of Malawi (FAM) have expressed optimism that the team will do better having undergone good preparations.

Sports Minister Grace Obama Chiumia said the inclusion of new faces in the squad will bring new life into the team and do better despite losing to Zambia in a friendly two weeks ago.

“We expect to see wonders” said Chiumia.

On his part, FAM President Walter Nyamilandu has challenged to win the tournament and that there will be no an excuse if they fail to win the cup because his association provided everything the team needed in its preparations for the competition.

Flames previously managed to reach the final twice but lost in both occasions to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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35 thoughts on “Malawi squad leaves for Cosafa: Gaba, Jose and ‘Baggio’ not included”

  1. Hardson says:

    Komanso timangodandaula team silibwino ifenso ma supporter tilibe luso olo mpang’ono pomwe timaonetsa usapota team ikachinya ngati Jeffrey Msampha kapena Steve Banda pa commentery; ifeyo tinayenera kusapota from word go to the word stop osati kungochinyidwa ndiye ngati kwagwa maliro stadium yonse ziii. Aaaaaa ku Malawi palibe chilipo!!!!! Taganizani commentator (mMalawi) kugulitsa game ya dziko lake lomwe kkkkkkkkk hehedeee ulu.

  2. Hardson says:

    The problem is with our players. Can you imagine Kamwendo denied a call up saying he is paving way for new blood; is that ok? Walemera…..

  3. walker says:

    ine ndi m,modzi mwa anthu oyenda ndi mi pini kubwera ku stadium kuzakugendani ndi anthu ako ameneoo musadzayende mu streat ndizaku bayani ndi mpeni

  4. Mc Duff Phiri says:

    Zomakalowetsa Ma Right Winger Okhaokha Five Kuti Asewere Pa Midfield Ayi Zichepe…We Expect Much Frm U Guyz

  5. timi says:

    Welcome to xenophobia………

  6. Kanyama Chima says:

    I hope mwatenga team not just a bunch of players.

  7. collin jr says:

    you just wasting ur tym and money going to RSA coz u can’t succeed

  8. mbindinga says:

    young,simunamutenge Tizgo ali pa peak ku BB,mukamutenga pano coz ali ku silver?Mc donald ndi goalkeepr yemwe wachinyitsa zigoli zambiri,inu kukatenga yemweyo,defender wa civo emwe akupita ku B4ward sanamenyeko compititive game since last season….kaya ife athu ndi maso

  9. mphatso says:

    this is just a trial and error team.they never win anything

  10. mbani says:

    Walter how on earth?

  11. Nsena says:

    Kamwendo alibe ntchito we have many mids but our problem is wingers&good strikers like gaba chimodzi&sulumba achani?

  12. CHRISPINE CHIWAYA says:

    zabwino zose guys

  13. Alex Ngulinga says:

    Kodi Chipuwa analakwa chani?Currently,he s the best goalkeeper the country has.I dont see some competence in this Young Chimozi coach.He s got problem in players selection!

  14. Akaluza amalawi cosafa pakunika papite zaka zingapo tisanalowe m’pikisano uliwonse pokhapokha timu yathuyi itakozedwaso bwino ,chifukwa boma likuononga ndalama zambiri pomwe palibe chomwe chikuchitika’bwanji ndalamazo kugulira mankhwala m’zipatalamu.

  15. thakolinyada says:

    Ngati sabweretsa chikho akanganya amenewa asabwere kuno,afune kokhala.

  16. bingiza says:

    basi sindioneranso cosafa coz swad yakeyi ndiochitisa mantha

  17. Ras Mix says:

    we on the course of trying & building players as well as the national team kkkkkkkk what a mile to cover & u bring un english Dell to add more work on current coaches on interplating purpose,ooooh Lord give me strenght to see another day

  18. Zabwino zomse ma Flames we are behind u, kayileni basi ndikuchotsa mantha.

  19. Sandals man says:

    Chabwino tiwawona asiyeni apite

  20. Chintebwe says:

    Shame for leaving kamwendo bcoz he is a caretaker at the midfield together with fisher

  21. miko says:

    tikukangotayako nthawi

  22. Tsamba Likagwa says:

    I agree with dayfri above. The likes of Kanyenda and Nyirenda should not hhave been ignored here. The trip to Zambia is the one these new names should have been tried BUT they failed and you talked of “THE TEAM DID NOT HAVE PROFESSIONALS” etc…

  23. Uje says:

    Learn to use tough and aggressive strikers like Esau. Learn to use stout and tall defenders n finally learn to use fast wingers.

  24. Karo gaii says:

    Germany has now taken 7 years still maintaning its team,but malawi every toinament a new team,can a team in this case maintain cordination.Chimodzi we also know that you use quorter systeem in a call up plz can desist from that stupid behaviour,get player on merit.why regionalising, we are one

  25. CHISHENEMESI says:

    Pamenepo Sidzinayende Bwino Kumusiya Kamwendo Pamenepo Mwalakwisa Enawo Alibe Ntchito

  26. patrick says:

    Young Chimozi usayerekeze kubweretsa squad imeneyo kuno pls

  27. Kadakwiza says:

    After the Mozambique game our coach will sing his beautiful song. THEY PLAYED VERY WELL BUT THEY DIDN’T SCORE. The best coaches Malawi ever had are, Ted Powell, The Late Reuben Malola, Manfred Honar and the best of all, Kinnah Electric Phiri. Anyway wish our Flames good luck.

  28. patrick says:

    I dont think that squad wil help us here in South Africa kopanda Gaba, Shakira, nyondo pls check your squad and build again mapeto ake tikambapo za Kinnah Phiri apa

  29. kanyimbi says:

    I am watching. Koma sindivutika kukaphwisira matimu akunjawo chifukwa izi zikuwoneka kuti ndi macheza chabe si za serious. If it was serious they would have called the best players of Malawi.

  30. Youn says:

    I wish you all the best ma Flames! Onyozawa olo chokulunga sachidziwa. Mbimbi zenizeni ndipo ndisakuoneni mukusekerera tikawina first game. Shupit!

  31. ZOBE says:

    Muhammad Sulumba? Three Games no goal in super league, kodi ma coach wa bwanji?

  32. SALIMA BOYS says:

    Walter osamanamiza anthu bwana,tell the nation the truth,tikatuluka m’mawa momwe uku..

  33. Alex says:

    Zabwino zonse ma frames.

  34. Zapastand says:

    Walter You havent provided everything to the team Malawians dont be cheated this squad wont grab the Cup.They will come the way they have gone.

  35. dayfri says:

    callup iyi siili bwino…..fam is optimistc that the team will do well while best players have been left out..These old coaches aaaa…can you compare Gaba ndi Sulumba…..Tambe ndi Vibre….Tigzo ndi Essau…..and what are the reasons for droping Kamwendo and Harry nyirenda…..Mbuli zamakochi ndi FAM yomwe..you dont build senior team to be senior, senior team is for the best players of the country, only the best. if you want to build the future national team concentrate on under 20 and 23.

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