Malawi Under-20 national football coached by Ernest Mtawali starts training camp Sunday ahead of a crucial Senegal 2015 Africa Youth qualifier against age-old rivals Zambia on August 16 at home.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the team would camp in Blantyre at Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre to prepare for a friendly against Lesotho on August 3.
He said the friendly would help the team to fine-tune for Zambia encounter, which would be the last hurdle for Malawi qualify for the Africa Youth competition for the second time since 1999.
“The Under-20 is going to camp on Sunday for the Africa Youth Championship against Zambia but before that they will play against Lesotho in a friendly game,” Nyirenda said.
“This friendly against Lesotho is important because they are also preparing to face Nigeria in the same competition just like Malawi.”
Malawi beat Botswana in the first round after a goalless draw at home and DRC to set up a fixture against noisy neighbours.
In a related development Zambia Under-20 coach Hector Chilombo said they would not underrate the Junior Flames despite the senior national team having an edge of Malawi.
“Zambia might have an edge over Malawi at the senior level but it was a different case at the junior level,” Chilombo told Sunday post Online.
He said Malawi’s performance in the competition so far having beaten highly rated DRC and Botswana with sound youth football development structures showed that they were good.
“They will not play as underdogs. That is why we will not underrate them. We are taking this game seriously because our aim still remains to qualify to Senegal,” he said.
Zambia, who booted out Mozambique 4-0 aggregate win after winning 2-0 in each leg, will also start camping Sunday for the Malawi game.
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