23 August 2016 Last updated at: 10:23 AM
Flames start training in readiness for Swaziland
The Malawi national football team has regrouped and started training in preparations for next week’s Flames formality 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland at Kamuzu stadium.
The group of 17 local based players started training on Monday at the Chiwembe Technical Centre under the leadership of the newly appointed Flames caretaker mentor Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan.
The national team under their mentor Ramadhan will be looking for their first win in group L when they take on Swaziland on 4th September this year. Rhamadhan’s men have been out of action since June when they failed to qualify for this year’s Cosafa Cup quarterfinals in Namibia.
Moyale Barracks FC striker Gastin Simkonda, Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa and Silver Strikers defender Lucky Malata are the notable local players making a comeback to the squad following months of absence in the team.
The Flames mentor has also handed places in his squad to four new faces: Thuso Paipi, Matthews Sibale and Blue Eagles duo of Maxwell Salambula and Gilbert Chirwa.
While Micium Mhone, Robert Ng’ambi, and Chimango Kayira who fell out of favour with Mtawali have been handed lifelines.
The group of 17 local based players will be joined by foreign based players at the Chiwembe training centre on Monday next week to continue preparations for the Swaziland clash. The Flames are already out the race having lost 3-0 to Zimbabwe in June this year. T
he result meant that Zimbabwe qualified for the continental showpiece since the other contenders Guinea were defeated 1-nil to Swaziland.
Swaziland have 8 points while Guinea has 5 points in Group L whereas Malawi remains ‘dead’ at the bottom.