The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has released names of players to start non-residential preparations for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and Under-23 Afcon games with Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks strikers dropped.
The senior team will play Morocco on March 23 at Kamuzu Sadium in Blantyre while the Under-23 team face Zambia on March 20 at the same and the return four days later in Lusaka.
The preparations for the two games start tomorrow at regional level with Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) and his assistant Peter Mponda taking charge of the Southern Region players.
Assistant coach Franco Ndawa and Under-23 coach Meck Mwase will handle the Central Region training and the Northern Region training will be under Moyale Barracks coach Charles Kamanga.
Justifying the omission of TNM Super League top goal scorer Chiukepo Msowoya and regular Flames striker Gastin Simkonda, FAM liaison officer, who is also Flames team manager, James Sangala said the technical panel are looking at the future of the team.
“This is about building a team for the future. Msowoya and Simkonda have had their moments and are proven strikers, but the focus now is on the future. If you look at the list of the players called almost 80 percent have been called before. It’s about building a team for the future that’s the direction the technical panel is taking,” he said.
On logistics for players living outside districts of venues, Sangala said the association will provide for them.
“There won’t be inconveniences as these players have been provided with transportation and other logistics for the training,” he said.
Mwase has said the regrouping of players on non-residential basis will keep them in good shape.
“Players are on off-season and not active. The non-residential training will keep them in shape so that when we start camp they should pick it up. It’s a good initiative from FAM,” he said.
The following is the list of players in the Southern Region :
Rabson Chiyenda- Nyasa Big Bullets (goalkeeper)
Charles Petro- Nyasa Big Bullets (defender)
Chimwemwe Idana- Nyasa Big Bullets (midfielder)
Mike Mkwate- Nyasa Big Bullets (midfielder)
Enerst Tambe- Be Forward Wanderers (midfielder)
Chikaiko Batison- Tigers FC (striker)
Hassan Kajoke- Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves (striker)
Peter Banda- Griffin Young Stars (midfielder)
Isaac Kaliyati- Be Forward
Stanley Sanudi -Be Forward Wanderers (defender)
Peter Cholopi- Be Forward Wanderers (defender)
John Lanjesi- Nyasa Big Bullets (defender)
Chembezi Denis -Be Forward Wanderers (defender)
Precious Sambani- Namiwawa Madrid (defender)
Chikoti Chirwa- Red Lions (midfielder)
Righteous Banda- Nyasa Big Bullets (midfielder)
Patrick Phiri- Nyasa Big Bullets (Striker
Charles Thom Dwangwa United FC (goalkeeper)
Trevor Kalema Silver Strikers (defender)
Mark Fodya -Silver Strikers (defender)
Lawrence Chaziya -Civil Sporting Club (defender)
Haji Wali -Silver Strikers (Defender)
China Chirwa- TN Stars (striker)
Laurent Banda- TN Stars (midfielder)
Gregory Nachipo – Blue Eagles FC (midfielder)
Ben Manyozo -Dwangwa United FC (defender)
Francis Mkonda-Masters Security (midfielder)
Hastings Banda- Civil Sporting Club (goalkeeper)
Brighton Munthali- Silver Strikers (goalkeeper)
Gome Chirwa- Civil Sporting Club (defender)
Levison Maganizo- Silver Strikers (midfielder)
Jack Chiona -Silver Strikers (midfielder)
Khuda Muyaba- Silver Strikers (striker)
Stain Davie- TN Stars (striker)
Raphael Phiri- Civil Sporting Club (striker)
Juma Yatina- Masters Security (midfielder)
Kelvin Kadzinje – Mzuni FC (defender)
Lusekero Malema -Karonga United (defender)
Victor Lungu- Karonga United (midfielder)
Pililani Mapira- Mzuni FC (Goalkeeper)
Loyd Njalima- Moyale Barracks (striker).