Lilongwe to host Malawi Vs Botswana CAF U-17 qualifiers

Soccer lovers in the central region will have a chance to watch an international match as the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has set Silver Stadium as a venue for  the first round of the CAF U-17 qualifiers  between Malawi and Botswana slated  for September 8

FAM’s  CEO Suzgo Nyirenda said his association has chosen Silver Stadium to give a chance to people of central region to taste international fixture.

“The first leg will be played at Silver stadium in Lilongwe on 8th September 2012. FAM would like to give Lilongwe fans an opportunity to watch an international fixture,” Nyirenda said in a statement.

According to Nyirenda, the return leg will be played in Gaborone, Botswana on September 22.

Junior Flames which won silverware

The finals will be played in 2013 in Morocco.

If the Junior Flames will manage to burn the young Zebras into ashes, they will face Rwanda in their next assignment in a home and away fixture as well.

The Junior Flames were a force to reckon with in their previous matches as they went on to qualify for the U-17 Youth World Cup Championship which took place in Nigeria

During the tournament, the team boasted of talented youngsters in the likes of Atletico Madrid Robin Ngalande, Victor Nangwale, Onani Nsengwa, Pilirani Zonda, Francis Mlimbika, Peter Mselema, Kondwani Lufeyo, Tony Chitsulo, Bongani Kaipa, Luka Milanzi, Mike Kaziputa and Patience Kalumo.

A number of youngsters from the team have managed to graduate to the Under-20 national team.

After the tournament, some players were spotted by European clubs like Robin Ngalande, who played in Spain with Atletico Madrid Youth Side but now moved back to South Africa.

Another success story for Malawi Under-17 side is that in 2001 it earned the country its first ever Silverware since the 1988 East and Central Championship when it won the inaugural Cosafa Under -17 Championship at Kamuzu Stadium after beating South Africa 3-1.

The team was inspired by the likes of Benard ‘Young’ Kalirani, Don Pahuwa, Evance Lorenzo, Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi, Kondwani Gawani, Grant Lungu and Rahim Ishmael.

Meanwhile 39 players are in training camp at Chiwembe Technical centre in Blantyre.

John Kaputa, who was incharge when the Junior Flames appeared at the World cup maintains his post as coach assisted by Azam Tigers mentor Leo Mpulula. Nicholus Mhango of Moyale Barracks is the team manager.—(Additional reporting by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times)

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