Flames foreign-based players will start jetting in the country on Monday, 20th May, 2013 to join locally based players a head of their friendly international match slated for May 25 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Addressing a news conference in Blantyre on Monday, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said a contigent of South African based players will be the first to arrive in the country.
“The South African based players will join the camp on Monday while FAM is trying to get special release for the Mozambique based players as the game fall out of the Fifa calendar,” said Nyirenda.
Nyirenda express doubt on the availability of Mozambican based players since their league is still at peak.
He also said FAM got an approval from world soccer governing body Fifa for the game to count as a full international friendly with a bearing on the Coca Cola Fifa World Rankings.
“We have paid USD 1,500 for Fifa to recognize the game as a full international,” said Nyirenda.
“We will also play another game on July 6 during the independence celebrations which will count as full international as well,” he added.
The friendly against Zimbabwe is part of the Flames’ preparations for two world cup group qualifying matches against Namibia and Kenya next month.
Nyirenda SAID the Warriors are expected to come in by road on May 23 with a 30-man delegation.
Meanwhile, the Flames started camp on Monday afternoon in preparation for the Zimbabwe game.