Malawi Under 17 National Soccer Team coach Deklerk Msakakuona has disclosed that his troops have had successful camping and smooth preparations a development he said gives him confidence the team will dish out the best performance at this years Under 17 Cosafa Cup Junior Champions slatted for Mauritius.
The 20 man squad, which left the country on Tuesday, is full of ‘hunger for success’ .
“When a farmer plants cotton for sure he wants to harvest cotton and not maize. We want to go there and do well,” Msakukuona is quoted by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) official website.
He further advised Malawians that they should not mainly target on the team winning the cup but rather also focus on building the next senior Flames team.
But he admitted it is the wish of everyone to compete and win when going to a tournament.
“It is my wish as a coach, the wish of the boys and the wish of the nation to win the cup,” said Msakakuona.
He has included three players from the last squad that represented the country last year and brought home a bronze medal.
The three are Chikondi Mbeta, Innocent Nhlema and Captain Haji Walli.
The Junior Flames won the tournament only once way back in 2001.
The full squad travelling to Mauritius:
Goalkeepers: Kennedy Nankhaima (Blantyre United), Birnwell Matemba
(Disciples FC), Wongani Sabiti (Namiwawa FC).
Defenders: Hamidu Balala (FAM United), Luciano Matewere (Blantyre Rural), Daniel Sandukira (Disciples FC), Joseph Balakasi (Ntopwa FC), Innocent Nhlema (Kamuzu Academy), Vitumbiko Nyirenda (Silver Strikers).
Midfielders: David Daud (Griffin Young Stars), Frank Titani (Maggie Chombo Academy), Newton Msona (Zomba Urban), Auspicious Kadzongola (Future Stars), Tathedwa Willard (Subaru FC), Chinsinsi Maonga (Silver Youth), Patrick Mwaungulu (Sanwecka).
Strikers: Chikondi Mbeta (Maggie Chombo Academy), Alex Tsamba (Bullets Reserve), Prince Chingamcheke (Kamuzu Academy).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :