Junior Flames leave today for Cosafa

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The Malawi Under-17 national football team leaves the country this morning with focus on winning the Cosafa Youth Championship in Mauritius.

The Junior Flames, who last won the championship as hosts in 2001, are looking forward to improving on their last year’s outing in Port Louis, Mauritius where they finished third.

Coach Dekreck Msakakuwona told www.fam.mw that his troops, who have been in camp for three weeks, are in good shape to conquer Cosafa.

He however said the boys should not be put under pressure with targets.

“The training camp went well and we are looking forward to the tournament. We have young and talented players who are hungry for success.

“When a farmer plants cotton for sure he wants to harvest cotton and not maize. We want to go there and do well. “It is my wish as a coach, the wish of the boys and the wish of the nation to win this cup,” said Msakakuwona

Malawi u-17

The Junior Flames out to fly Malawi’s flag.

Only three players in the squad, captain Haji Walli, Innocent Nhlema and Chikondi Mbeta, were part of the group that won bronze last year.

The Junior Flames are in group A alongside hosts Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

They play their opening game against Botswana on Saturday before facing Zimbabwe on Monday. The last group match is against Mauritius on Wednesday.

The following is the Malawi squad with brief profiles:
The Malawi Under-17 squad for 2017 Cosafa Youth Championship in Mauritius
Goalkeepers
Name: Kennedy Nankhaima
Date of Birth: 03/03/2002
Club: Blantyre United
Position: Goalkeeper
Home: Mulanje
Base: Zomba
Caps: 0
Goals 0
Name: Bornwell Matemba
Date of Birth: 20/09/2001
Club: Disciples FC
Position: Goalkeeper
Home: Zomba
Base: Zomba
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Wongani Sabiti
Date of Birth: 08/07/2002
Club: Namiwawa FC
Position: Goalkeeper
Home: Blantyre
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

DEFENDERS
Name: Hamidu Balala
Date of Birth: 15/04/2002
Club: FAM United
Position: Centre Back
Home: Lilongwe
Base: Lilongwe
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Luciano Matewere
Date of Birth: 27/12/2001
Club: Blantyre Rural
Position: Right back
Home: Phalombe
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Daniel Sandukira
Date of Birth: 10/08/2001
Club: Disciples FC
Position: Left Back
Home: Zomba
Base: Zomba
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Joseph Balakasi
Date of Birth: 12/04/2002
Club: Ntopwa FC
Position: Left Back
Home: Thyolo
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Innocent Nhlema
Date of Birth: 03/03/2001
Club: Kamuzu Academy
Position: Centre Back
Home: Lilongwe
Base: Kasungu
Caps: 4
Goals 0

Name: Vitumbiko Nyirenda
Date of Birth: 10/09/2002
Club: Silver Strikers
Position: Centre Back
Home: Blantyre
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Haji Walli- Captain
Date of Birth: 20/02/2002
Club: Silver Strikers
Position: Centre Back
Home: Lilongwe
Base: Lilongwe
Caps: 5
Goals 0

MIDFIELDERS
Name: David Daud
Date of Birth: 15/09/2001
Club: Griffin Young Stars
Position: Centre Midfielder
Home: Zomba
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Frank Titani
Date of Birth: 09/10/2002
Club: Maggie Chombo
Position: Left Winger
Home: Blantyre
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Newton Nsoma
Date of Birth: 08/08/2001
Club: Zomba Urban
Position: Right Winger
Home: Zomba
Base: Zomba
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Auspicious Kadzongola
Date of Birth: 16/10/2002
Club: Future Stars
Position: Central Midfielder
Home: Zomba
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Tathedwa Willard
Date of Birth: 26/12/2002
Club: Subaru FC
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Home: Ntcheu
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Chinsinsi Maonga
Date of Birth: 06/03/2002
Club: Silver Strikers Youth
Position: Right Winger
Home: Lilongwe
Base: Lilongwe
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Patrick Mwaungulu
Date of Birth: 18/05/2002
Club: Sanwecka
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Home: Karonga
Base: Mzuzu
Caps: 0
Goals 0

STRIKERS
Name: Chikondi Mbeta
Date of Birth: 27/12/2001
Club: Maggie Chombo
Position: Striker
Home: Ntcheu
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 4
Goals 0

Name: Alex Tsamba
Date of Birth: 06/10/2002
Club: Bullets Reserve
Position: Striker
Home: Chiradzulu
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

Name: Prince Chingamcheke
Date of Birth: 03/03/2001
Club: Kamuzu Academy
Position: Striker
Home: Salima
Base: Blantyre
Caps: 0
Goals 0

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