Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has released names of players to go into training camp in readiness for the forthcoming coming African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying tie against Zimbabwe as well as the Cosafa Cup scheduled for next month.
The Flames face the Warriors of Zimbabwe away in the first week of June before heading to Namibia where this year’s Cosafa Regional Tournament will be hosted.
But Fam has secured a friendly match against the Zebras of Botswana which according to Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda the match will take place on 29th June at the Francis Town Stadium.
In the squad, FAM has called up unheralded Mafco striker Richard Mbulu and Be Forward Mighty Wanderers match maker Jafallie Chande.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and their traditional rivals Nyasa Big Bullets have contributed six players each, Mafco has contributed three, Silver Strikers two while the league leaders Blue Eagles have only contributed goalkeeper John Soko.
Nine out of all the selected players are professionals namely Charles Swini-HB Songo, Gabadinho Mhango-Golden Arrows, John Banda and Schumacher Kuwali-Ferraiviaro de Nampula, Harry Nyirenda-Black Leopards, Joseph Kamwendo-Liga Mulcumana and Gerald Phiri Junior-Bidvest FC.
Atusaye Nyondo, Robin Ngalande, Veteran Esau Kanyenda and Zicco Nkanda have all been left out.
Experienced goalkeepers duo of Richard Chipuwa and Simplex Nthala have also been dropped.
That squad will be whittled down before the Botswana game.
Below is the list of the full squad.
Charles Swini-HB Songo, Brighton Munthali-Silver Strikers and John
Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards), Limbikan Mzava (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Stanly Sanudi and Francis Mlimbika (Mighty Be Forward Wanderers), John Lanjesi, Miracle Gabeya and Yamikani Fodya (Nyasa Big Bullets).
Joseph Kamwendo (Liga Mulcumana), John Banda (Ferraiviaro de Nampula), Gerald Phiri Jnr (Bidvest), Dalitso Sailesi (Nyasa Big Bullets), Paul Phiri and Stain Malata (Mafco), Wonder Jeremani-Silver Strikers, Isaac Kaliati, Jafali Chande and Rafiq Namwera (Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.)
Chiukepo Msowoya and Muhammad Sulumba (Nyasa Big Bullets), Peter Wadabwa (Mighty Be Forward Wanderers), Richard Mbulu (Mafco), Gabadinho Mhango (Golden Arrows) and Schumacher Kuwali (Ferraiviaro de Nampula).
Head Coach-Ernest Mtawali
Assistant Coach-Nsazurwino Ramadhan
Team Manager-Clement Kafwafwa
Team Doctor-Levison Mwale.