Malawi  to use local players for Zambia friendly — Fazili

Malawi national football team will take only local based players in their friendly match in Zambia scheduled for next Wednesday on March 11 in Lusaka.

Flames training

The Flames started training at the Mpira Stadium on Tuesday as they prepare for back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches against Burkina Faso later this month.

Assistant coach Lovemore Fazili said all the players have reported for duties and their response on the first day was positive.

“It has been a very promising start looking at the positive performance of the boys considering they are on off season. All the 31 players we called into camp are here and they are all fit,” said Fazili.

Fazili said playing Zambia in the testing match will help them identify the local players who are ready for the challenge to face Burkina Faso.

“The friendly match has come at the right time because we are playing a strong side and we hope that we will learn a number of things that will help us as we prepare for the Burkina Faso match.

“We will use local based players during the friendly match and those who will perform well will stand a good chance of making the final squad alongside the foreign based players,” said Fazili.

Malawi will play Burkina Faso away in Ouagadougou on March 26 before hosting their opponents at the Kamuzu Stadium four days later.

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