Malawi U-20 off to Zambia for decisive match

The Malawi Under 20 national team left the country Thursday morning  for Zambia ahead of their Saturday’s 2015 CAF Youth Championship third round return leg qualifier against Zambia.

The match will be played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Junior Flames coach Ernest Mtawali giving some technical tips to his players....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Junior Flames coach Ernest Mtawali giving some technical tips to his players….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Malawi trail 2-1 having lost at home in the first leg two weeks ago.

The Junior Flames coach  Ernest Mtawali expressed optimism that his boys would turn the tables and qualify for the finals.

Malawi need to beat Zambia by 2-0 to book a ticket for the finals.

However, the Junior Flames match has coincided with Standard Bank Cup finals involving Azam Tigers and Silver Strikers.

Tigers FC requested Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to release their three key players from Under-20 squad.

Tigers have contributed two defenders Boston Kabango, Stanley Sanudi and striker Isaac Kaliati to the Junior Flames squad.

The club also needed the players for the Standard Bank Cup final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

But Mtawali refused to release the players, saying there no way he could have accepted to leave behind three Tigers players with the prospects of qualifying for the finals in Senegal very high.

Following is the full list of players in the travelling squad:

Dalitso Makunganya, Lovemore Jere, Precious Msosa, Dalitso Sailesi, Miracle Gabeya, Suwedi Limbani,Boston Kabango, Matias Nyirenda, Isaac Mwale, Chawanangwa Kaonga, Ernest Tambe, Abraham Kamwendo,Stanley Sanudi, Ibrahim Sadiki, Brighton Munthali, Isaac Kaliati, Trevor Kalema, Moses Scott and Shumark Kuwali

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