Flames head coach Mario Marinica has named a 28-man provisional squad set to enter camp on Sunday in preparation for the TotalEnergies Algeria 2022 African Nations Championship second qualifying round against Mozambique.
The Flames will host Mozambique at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday August 27, 2022, before traveling to Maputo for the second leg a week later with the winner of the qualifying draw for the final tournament to be held in Algeria on next year.
Marinica has signed five new faces among goalkeepers Dalitso Khunga from Waka Waka Tigers and Joshua Woka from Kamuzu Barracks Reserves as well as Dedza Dynamos midfielder Charles Chipala. The others are Dedza Dynamos striker Promise Kamwendo and Nyasa Big Bullets striker Lanjesi Nkhoma.
The coach retained the bulk of the homegrown players who were part of the COSAFA Cup squad with goalkeeper Charles Thom, who missed the COSAFA Cup through injury, making a return.
Marinica said the camp will have three stages.
“We will have a camp between August 7 and 10 and then we will release the players for club missions. Then we will have a schedule between Sunday the 14th and Wednesday the 17th. Then we will have the final phase from the 20th until the day of the match,” he said.
On the new players, he said: “I have always said that players have to be fit to be considered for the national team and the five new players have shown great potential and are fit. We have 28 players targeted and it’s not the final group. We’re still watching other players, so the door is always open for everyone,
On Mozambique he said: “I have watched Mozambique in four matches in the last month. They are a good team and no wonder they beat Zambia. They have very good players coming from a strong league. For us it will be extremely difficult, but we have faced tough competing teams before and we have won, so we know we will create chances and if we are able to seize our chances, we will win.
Here is the full team:
Goalkeepers: Charles Thom (Silver Strikers), Clever Nkungula (Nyasa Big Bullets), Dalitso Khungwa (Waka Waka Tigers), Joshua Woka- (KB Reserve)
Defenders: Stanley Sanudi (Mighty Wanderers), Alick Lungu, Gomezgani Chirwa, Precious Sambani, Blessings Mpokera (Nyasa Big Bullets), Daniel Chimbalanga, Paul Ndlobvu (Mafco), Kelvin Kadzinje (Civilian), Herbert Wayekha (Kamuzu Barracks), Nickson Mwase (Silver Greaves).
Midfielders: Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions), Chimwemwe Idana, Patrick Mwaungulu (Nyasa Big Bullets), Isaac Kaliati (Mighty Wanderers), Patrick Banda (Kamuzu Barracks), Charles Chipala (Dedza Dynamos), Loyd Njaliwa (Moyale)
Forwards: Chiukepo Msowoya (Mighty Wanderers), Gadi Chirwa (Blue Eagles), Promise Kamwendo (Dedza Dynamos), Raphael Phiri (Moyale), Lanjesi Nkhoma (Nyasa Big Bullets), Stenie Davie (Silver Strikers