Ngalande, Sangale jet in ahead of Malawi crucial qualifiers

Malawi national team’s foreign –based players have started jetting in the country to join Flames training camp ahead of next month’s 2014 World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Malawi will face Kenya on June 2 in a World Cup qualifier in Nairobi. They follow this with hosting Nigeria at Kamuzu Stadium the following weekend for another match on the road to Brazil 2014.

On the weekend of 15-17 June, Malawi entertain Chad in the second leg of their Nations Cup first round tie.

Sangala and Ngalande: Jets in

Atletico Madrid star Robin Ngalande arrived from Spain on Sunday and was followed by Angolan based defender James ‘Shareholder’ Sangala.

Ngalande told Nyasa Times at Chileka Airport in Blantyre that he was ready to put a gallant fight in Kenya if selected in the first eleven.

“This is a game we need to win at all cost. I am confidence that with the calibre of players the coach has selected we can do it,” said Ngalande.

Ngalande also urged Malawians to rally behind the team because it encourages them to work hard.

Other players expected to join camp this week are South African based Moses ‘Luba’ Chavula, Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi, Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda, Chiukepo Msowoya, Tawonga Chimodzi, Dave Banda, Atusaye ‘Atute’ Nyondo, Peter Wadabwa, Jimmy Zakazaka and Harry Nyirenda.

Flames unattached gangling striker Russell Mwafulirwa is also expected to join the squad alongside Mozambican based duo of Simplex Nthara and Zicco Mkanda.

Flames will leave this week for Tanzania where they will play two strength matches against the Taifa Stars and Simba FC on May 26 and 28.

Meanwhile, Nigeria have omitted three English Premier League stars in their squad to face the Flames like Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, Peter Odemwingie and Taye Taiwo.

Ngalande and Chamangwana after his arrival at Chileka
Ngalande and Sangala being welcomed by FAM technical director Jack Chamangwana. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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