Malawi Under -20 coach Ernest Mtawali has drafted in Mighty Wanderers striker Mapopa Kaunda in his squad currently in camp In readiness of their match on Saturday in Blantyre against DRC in the CAF Junior Championship.
Kaunda, who joined the Nomads this season from Usisya in Nkhata-bay, has shown flashes of brilliance when he played in friendly against Bullets and scored an equaliser.
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times on Tuesday at Kamuzu Stadium during the afternoon training session, Mtawali said he was impressed with Kaunda’s performance and urged other players to work hard because the door is still open for selection.
“As I said it before that the door will remain open to any player avoid he satisfy the technical panel. So far we have assessed Kaunda, and l must admit that he is a good striker,” said Mtawali.
The former Flames legendary also said the Junior Flames are geared for Saturday’s battle and urged soccer lovers in the city of Blantyre to converge at Kamuzu Stadium in their large umber to drum up support to the team.
“We cannot allow to be embarrassed at our own territory. We will not give the visitors any space to hit at us because our aim is to score goals and at the same time denying them to score even a single goal,” said Mtawali.
During the training session, the Junior Flames were beaming with confidence.
Some of the players in camp include Silver Strikers hit-man Chawanangwa Kawonga, Big Bullets midfielder Dalitso Sailesi, Mighty Wanderers midfielder Abraham Kamwendo.
The Junior Flames defeated Botswana 2-0 away in Gaberone after a 1-1 draw in Blantyre to progress through the next round.