TNM Super League champions elect Big Bullets have dominated the Flames Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup final squad after contributing six players to the 19-member-team.
They are striker Chiukepo Msowoya, midfielder Dalitso Sailesi and defenders Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya, Pilirani Zonda and Miracle Gabeya.
Carlsberg Cup champions Be Forward Wanderers are the second highest contributors with three players; goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa, defender Stanley Sanudi and midfielder Isaac Kaliati.
According to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Rules and Regulations, a team which contributes four players and above should be exempted from Super League fixtures.
It means Bullets will be exempted from fixtures until the team returns from Ethiopia where the tournament will run from November 21 to December 6.
Meanwhile, Civo United midfielder Nelson Kangunje has deservedly earned his place after his impressive form in domestic football.
Coach Ernest Mtawali said of the Super League joint leading scorer: “He has done very well in training. He has scored lots of goals in Super League and I think he will add value to the national team.”
The squad also includes four foreign-based players— goalkeeper Simplex Nthala, midfielders Chimango Kayira and Gerald Phiri Jnr and striker Chawanangwa Kawonga.
Mtawali said he has belief that the team can dig out impressive results at the tournament.
FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda Tuesday said the team should do its best to win the trophy and Mtawali sounded optimistic.
“We are going there for a purpose. We are going there to compete and we will definitely fight for honours,” he said.
The team, which is paired in a group comprising Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti, is expected to leave for Ethiopia today.
The full list of players is as follows: Goalkeepers: Nthala and Richard Chipuwa; Defenders: Sanudi, Zonda, Mkandawire, Gabeya, Fodya and John Lanjesi; Midfielders: Kayira, Phiri Jnr, Kaliati, John Banda, Chester, Sailesi, Levison Maganizo and Kangunje; Strikers: Chiukepo, Schumacher Kuwali, and Chawanangwa.