BLANTYRE (MaraviPost) – Thirty-four players received a call-up to the Malawi national football team training camp, which will start on August 24.
The Flames will be in camp in preparations for an outing with Mali on September 6 and at home with Ethiopia a week later in the 2015 Morocco African Nations Cup qualifiers. Malawi are in Group B where there are also Algeria and Ethiopia.
The camp roster is composed entirely of local-based players, with only 9 playing professionally. The professional players include Limbikani Mzava (Bloemfontein Celtics – South Africa), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars – South Africa), Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards – South Africa), Robin Ngalande (Ajax Cape Town – South Africa), Atusaye Nyondo (Pretoria University – South Africa), Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango (Bloemfontein Celtics – South Africa), Joseph Kamwendo (TP Mazembe – DRC) and Mozambique-based duo Chimango Kayira and Chiukepo Msowoya (Costa da Sol).
Big Bullets FC lead the way with six players receiving a call-up seconded by Silver Strikers with four. Mighty Wanderers have supplied three players.
Goalkeeper MacDonald Harawa of Moyale Barracks, who saved two penalties when Malawi beat Benin 4-3 on post-match penalties at Kamuzu stadium early this month, has undoubtedly received a call-up.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Harawa (Moyale), Richard Chipuwa (Wanderers), Vincent Gona (Bullets)
DEFENDERS (10): Sankhani Mkandawire (Bullets), Yamikani Fodya (Bullets), Bashir Maunde (Bullets), Bongani Kaipa (Wanderers), Francis Mlimbika (Wanderers), Lucky Malata (Silver), John Lanjesi (CIVO), Paul Ndhlovu (MAFCO), Nyirenda (Leopards), Mzava (Bloemfontein)
MIDFIELDERS (14): John Banda (Blue Eagles), Phillip Masiye (Blue Eagles), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Frank Banda (Silver), Ndaziona Chatsalira (Silver), Young Chimodzi Jnr (Silver), Zasha Mnong’oneza (MAFCO), Saidi Mtekama (MAFCO), Victor Limbani (Bullets), Malumbo Gondwe (Azam Tigers), Ng’ambi (Platinum), Kayira (Costa do Sol), Kamwendo (TP Mazembe), Ngalande (Ajax).
FORWARDS (7): Kelvin Hanganda (Kamuzu Barracks), Gastin Simukonda (Moyale), Kumbukani Mwambene (Red Lions), Gabadinho (Bloemfontein), Mussa Manyenje (Bullets), Nyondo (Pretoria University), Msowoya (Costa da Sol).