Malawi national team coach Meck Mwase has named a 29-men provisional squad of locally-based players.
The team is scheduled to go into a camp on Tuesday evening in preparation for next month’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda.
He has included ten new faces to the team with Stain Davie, Maxwell Gasten and Royal Bokosi among the new inclusions who have been handed their first call ups to the senior team.
Mwase is expected to name his final squad later this week. Players have an opportunity to impress the coach before he cuts the squad and include the overseas-based contingent which includes the likes of Gabadinho Mhango and Gerald Phiri Jr.
Their first encounter will be an away game to South Sudan on the 24th of March before hosting the Cranes of Uganda five days later at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Malawi need two wins to be able to secure a spot in the continental showpiece. The Flames are third in their group with four points, four behind leaders Burkina Faso and three behind second-placed Uganda. South Sudan are bottom placed with just three points.
Bright Munthali (Silver Strikers), William Thole (Mighty Wanderers), Ernest Kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets), Charles Thom (Silver Strikers), Jailosi Kapalamula (MAFCO).
Stanley Sanudi (Be Forward Wanderers), Peter Cholopi (Mighty Wanderers), Precious Sambani (Nyasa Big Bullets), Nickson Nyasulu (Nyasa Big Bullets), Paul Ndhlovu (MAFCO), Elick Kawonga, (Ekwendeni Hammers), Mark Fodya (Silver Strikers).
Chimwemwe Idana (Nyasa Big Bullets), Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions), Rafick Namwera (Mighty Wanderers), Felix Zulu (Mighty Wanderers), Vitumbiko¬ Kumwenda (Mighty Wanderers), Duncan Nyoni (Silver Strikers), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Chimango Kayira (Nyasa Big Bullets), Patrick Banda (Ekwendeni Hammers), Mphatso Magaleta (Ntopwa).
Hassan Kajoke (Nyasa Big Bullets), Stain Davie (Silver Strikers) Maxwell Gasten (Silver Strikers), Royal Bokosi (Red Lions), Vincent Nyangulu (Mighty Wanderers), Raphael Phiri (CIVO).
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