Malawi national football team coach Ronny Van Geneugden has named a 27 man squad ahead of the Flames’ 2019 Afcon qualification clash against Comoros Island next week.
The squad has not fallen short of veterans. Forward John Banda who is plying his trade in Mozambique with Ferroviaro de Nampula, goalkeeper Charles Swini who is with HB Songo in the same country and midfield maestro Robert Ng’ambi who plays for Platinum Stars in South Africa have made a cut to the list.
Other foreign based players on the list include goalkeeper Owen Chaima who plays for Tanzania’s Mbeya FC, prolific forward Gabadihno Mhango whose Bidvest Wits are South African Champions, midfielder Gerald Phiri Jnr who plays for Platnimu Stars, defender Limbikani Mzava who is currently with Golden Arrows in South Africa, attacker Richard Mbulu who is in Mozambique with Costa do Sol and forward Frank Banda who is having a stint with Mozambican side HBC Songo.
According to RVG, the players go into camp today with the first training starting around 15:00 hours at MDC Ground in Chilomoni Township.
The foreign based players are expected to join later this week.
But RGV says from this list only 22 or 23 players will make it to the final list that travels to Lilongwe on Monday to ignite the preparations as the game will be played at the Bingu National Stadium.
‘’We are hopeful this team will deliver. This week, we will be working towards seeing the players coordinate. It will also add up the contact we have with the players.’’ He told the media.
He added that local based players will be released on Thursday to feature for their clubs in local games.
Last week the RVG led panel roped in 26 players in what he termed as ‘pre-camp’. Notable faces to have not made to this list include goalkeeper Brighton Munthali and forward Young Chimodzi Jnr and Silver Strikers team mate Green Harawa.
Nyasa Big Bullets has contributed the most players. The super league side has up to five players on the list with Be Forward Wanderers sending four of their troops. Silver has three.
In the Afcon Qualifiers, Malawi will after hosting Comoros head to Morocco for the second match in March next year.
In September next year the Flames will play back to back matches with Cameroon starting away then at home before traveling to Comoros.
HERE IS THE FULL SQUAD.
Leman Nthala – Kamuzu Barracks
Charles Swini – HBC Songo
Ernest Kakhobwe – Nyasa Big Bullets
Owen Chaima – Mbeya F.C
Denis Chembezi – Premier Bet Wizards
Stanley Sanudi – Be Forward Wanderers
Limbikani Mzava – Golden Arrows
Francis Mlimbika – Be Forward Wanderers
Pilirani Zonda – Nyasa Big Bullets
Yamikani Fodya – Nyasa Big Bullets
John Lanjesi – Nyasa Big Bullets
Chisomo Mpachika – Silver Strikers
Simeon Singa – Premier Bet Wizards
Chikoti Chirwa – Red Lions
Gerlad Phiri Jnr – Platinum Stars
Levison Maganizo – Silver Strikers
Robert Ng’ambi – Platinum Stars
Strikers and Wingers
Binwell Katinji – Silver Strikers
Yamikani Chester – Be Forward Wanderers
Daliso Sailesi – Nyasa Big Bullets
Innocent Bokosi – Red Lions
Jabulani Linje – Be Forward Wanderers
Micium Mhone – Blue Eagles
John Banda – Ferroviaro de Nampula
Frank Banda – HBC Songo
Gabadihno Mhango – Bidvest Wits
Richard Mbulu – Costa do Sol