FAM names 34 players for Malawi camp, no friendly before Mali match

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has released a list of 34 players to start camping on Sunday for the Africa Cup of Nations group qualifiers against Mali on September 6 and Ethiopia on September 10.

FAM has included three new faces Saidi Ntekema of Mafco, Bullet Victor Limbani, Azama Tigers’ Malumbo Gondwe, Red Lions Kumbani Mwembeni and a surprise call up on Bullets Mussa Manyenje.

However, a joint top goal scorer in the TNM Super League Deus Nkutu of Mafco has also been sidelined again.

Flames coach Young Chimodzi: Players to go for training camp.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times
Flames coach Young Chimodzi: Players to go for training camp.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Former Flames captain Moses Chavula has also been sidelined as Mighty Wanderers heir apparent on the left-back Francis Mulimbika gets his second chance to take over from the  veteran.

Meanwhile, FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the team would not play a friendly in preparations for the two games because of time factor.

“I don’t think they will have a friendly game because its difficult for us to get a team particularly from West Africa in the wake of Ebola disease,” he said.

The following is the full list of the call up for camping:

Goalkeepers; Mc Donald Harawa (Moyale), Richard Chipuwa, (Mighty Wanderers) Vincent Gona (Bullets FC).

Defenders; Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya, Bashir Maunde, (all Bullets FC), Bongani Kaipa, Francis Mulimbika, (both Mighty Wanderers) Lucky Malata (Silver Strikers), John Lanjesi, (Civo united, Paul Ndhlovu, (Mafco), Harry Nyirenda, (Black Leopards, South Africa),  Limbikani Mzava, (Bloemfontein, South Africa).

Midfielders; John Banda, Phillip Masiye, Micium Mhone, (all Blue Eagles) Frank Banda, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Young Chimodzi Jnr, (all Silver Strikers), Zasha Mngong’oneza, Saidi Ntekama, (both Mafco), Victor Limbani, Chimango Kayira (Costol de Sol, Mozambique, Malumbo Gondwe, (Azam Tigers), Robert Ng’ambi, (Platinum Stars, South Africa, , Joseph Kamwendo, TP Mazambe, DRC, Robin Ngalande, Ajax Cape Town, South Africa.

Strikers; Kelvin Hanganda, (Kamuzu Barracks), Gastin Simukonda, (Moyale Barracks), Kumbukani Mwambeni, (Red Lions,) Frank Gabadinho Mhango, Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa.

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