Mlimbika, Kalindo in Malawi squad for Mozambique friendly

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has released a list of 24 players to start camping at Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre in Blantyre on Sunday in preparations for the July 6 friendly game against Mozambique at Kamuzu Stadium.

The list of players includes six new faces Silver Strikers Francis Mulimbika, Mafco’s Callisto Kalindo, Bullets Tizgowere Kumwenda who have been a terrific form in the TNM campaign so far.

Coach Young Chimodzi said he would expect the players to fight for the country after the nationals team’s uncharacteristic performance since he took the team in February this year.

Chimodzi: Important friendly
Chimodzi: Important friendly

Chimodzi said the friendly against Mozambique would help him assess the players ahead of a crucial away fixture against Benin on July 19 in the final Africa Cup of Nations group qualifying match.

The Flames would also face Uganda’s cranes on July 14 in Kampala after the East African nation accepted FAM’s request for a friendly on their way to Benin.

Some of the new faces in the call up are defenders Paul Ndhlovu of Mafco, Lottie Mwakasulu of Rec Lions, midfielders Nelson Kangunje of Civo United and strikers Callisto Kalindo and Richard Mbuliu for Mafco and Bullets’ Tizgowere Kumwenda and former World Cup Under-17 players Kelvin Hamganda has also been included.

The following is the full list of the call-up:

Goalkeepers: Charles Swini (Silver Strikers), Richard Chipuwa (Mighty Wanderers) Vincent Gona (Bullets), McDonald Harawa ( Moyale).

Defenders; Sankhani Mkandawire, Bashir Maunde ( Bullets) Lucky Malata (Silver Strikers) Pilirani Makupe and John Lanjesi (Civo) Lotti Mwakasulu (Red Lions) Francis Mulimbika (Mighty Wanderers), Zasher Mnong’oneza and Paul Ndlovu (Mafco).

Midfilders; Phillip Masiye, John Banda, Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Frank Banda, Ndaziona Chatsalira and Young Chimodzi Jnr, Nelson Kangunje (Civo United).

Strikers; Callisto Kalindo and Richard Mbulu (Mafco), Gastin Simkonda, (Moyale) Kelvin Hamganda (Kamuzu Barracks), Tizgowere Kumwenda (Bullets).

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