Out of the 27 member squad that was in camp preparing for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia on 3 September, only eight players survived the chop on Thursday and will remain in camp to continue tuning up for this defining clash.
The eight are; goalkeepers Swadick Sanudi and Charles Swini. Defenders Elvis Kafoteka and John Lanjesi. Midfielders Joseph Kamwendo, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Fischer Anong’a Kondowe and Frank Banda.
According to a member of the technical panel, these are the players that have been considered for the game after impressing during training and will be joined by professional players later this week.
“After thorough assessment, these are the players that the technical panel want to keep in camp. The rest of the players have been released,” he said.
He added that the competition was stiff in camp and that they had a tough time to come up with the 8 names.
“The new local players gave a good account of themselves and I can confidently say we have a strong nursery for the future Flames,” he said.
He also disclosed that professional players will start arriving on Friday.
Mozambique based goalkeeper Simplex Nthala and Angola based James Sangala are expected in Malawi on Friday.
South African based professionals like Davie Banda, Moses Chavula, Robbert Ng’ambi, Harry Nyirenda, Peter Wadabwa, Atusaye Nyondo and the others are expected to jet in on Monday.
Esau Kanyenda and Russel Mwafulirwa are scheduled to arrive on Monday as well while Atletico Madrid striker Robin Ngalande arrives on Tuesday.
Malawi are currently third in Group K, level with Tunisia on 10 points with just two games left for each side.
Botswana have already qualified as group winners but with five teams in the pool, the runners-up are also guaranteed a place at the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :