Mwase names Flames squad for Elephants showdown

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Malawi coach Meck Mwase has announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast this month.

Malawi will host the first leg of the double-header on 8 October at Orlando Stadium before the two teams clash again, this time in Benin, three days later.

The coach has made two changes to the team that played Cameroon and Mozambique earlier this month.

Defender Nixon Nyasulu has made way for Nickson Mwase while Nyasa Bullets midfielder Chimwemwe Idana, who is serving a yellow card suspension, has been replaced by Duncain Nyoni.

Speaking to the media, Mwase said his selection was based on continuity and consistency. “We are continuing with the players we had as we have no time to bring in new players into the setup.

“Nyoni is back as we have seen that there is a gap that he can fill . These are important games as they will determine our destiny in the group so we have to get results.”

The Flames are third in Group D with three points following a 2-0 loss to Cameroon and a 1-0 win against Mozambique on match day one and two respectively.

Full squad

GOALKEEPERS

Brighton Munthali (Silver Strikers), Richard Chipuwa (Be Forward Wanderers), Ernest Kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets).

DEFENDERS

Stanley Sanudi (Be Forward Wanderers), Peter Cholopi (Be Forward Wanderers), Nickson Mwase (Silver Strikers), Limbikani Mzava (AmaZulu), Dennis Chembezi (Polokwane City), Charles Petro (Sheriff Tiraspol), Gomezgani Chirwa (Nyasa Big Bullets).

MIDFIELDERS

Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions), Peter Banda (Simba SC), Duncain Nyoni (Simba FC), John Banda (UD Songo) Yamikani Chester (Be Forward Wanderers), Gerald Phiri Jnr (Baroka FC), Tawonga Chimodzi (Silver Strikers), Mike Mkwate (Polokwane FC), Francisco Madinga (FC Dila Gori).

STRIKERS

Vincent Nyangulu (Be Forward Wanderers) Richard Mbulu (Baroka FC), Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City).

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By FARPost Reporter