The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will this Sunday hold open trials across the country to select players for the Under-20 national football team ahead of the Cosafa U-20 tournament to be held this December in South Africa.
FAM’s Technical Director John Kaputa has confirmed that the Malawi FA will have daylong trials in all the four political regions of Malawi.
Kaputa said the trials will be held at the Mpira Stadium in Blantyre (Southern Region), Zomba Community Centre ground in Zomba (Eastern Region) Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe (Central Region) and Mzuzu Stadium in Mzuzu (Northern Region).
According to Kaputa, the players who are eligible to participate in the trials are those born on or after January first 1998.
“The players will undergo screening before the trials commences. Interested participants are being asked to bring over their personal identities including passports, birth certificate and a school ID accompanied by a letter from the headteacher of their school,” he said.
The technical director further said that the exercise will be carried out by members of the U-20 technical panel alongside other regional youth coaches in all centres.
“The coaches will also scout potential players at the FMB Under-20 regional final on Saturday 5th November 2016 at Chiwembe Stadium (South), Dedza Stadium (Centre) and Nkhatabay Community Centre ground (North).”
“The 32 players who will be selected during the trials will undergo further assessment at Mpira Village alongside eligible players from Super League teams,” said Kaputa.
Under-20 head coach Gerald Phiri will lead the team that will be at Mpira Village alongside Trevor Kajawa, Leo Mpulula and Patricio Kulemeka.
Whereas Kaputa will be in Zomba together with Tione Mhone, Prichard Mwansa, Moses Chimbetete, Griffin Saenda Jnr and James Sawerengera. FAM Youth Development Officer James Sangala will lead the Central Region team that also has Millias Pofera, Dave Moya, Thoko Chimbali and Dave Mpima while Enos Chatama will head north alongside Wakisa Mwambetanya, Kondwani Ikwenga and Mwayi Mwanza.
The Malawi FA has since called upon all talented players especially from the FMB Under-20 League and Regional Leagues to attend trials in the said venues from 8 am.
Malawi is making a comeback to the Cosafa Under-20 tournament to take place in South Africa between 4th and 17th December 2016 having last taken part in the tournament in 2011.
They are in group of death alongside favourites Zambia and Zimbabwe. COSAFA will be staging the competition for the first time since 2013.