Under-20 women’s football national team coach Maggie Chombo-Sadiki is today expected to drop 15 out of the 40 players in camp.
This comes barely three days after camping for next week’s Under-20 World Cup preliminary round qualifiers against Zimbabwe.
The former national team captain yesterday said the trimming of the squad to 25 players aims to give the technical panel a manageable team to build cohesion of players.
Malawi will host Zimbabwe at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on January 18 in the first leg before travelling to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for the second leg scheduled between January 31 and February 2.
“In the first three days of training, we planned to see which players could effectively fit into our system. Now, we are getting into the second stage, where we would like to build a strong team and we need to have a lean squad to achieve this,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chombo-Sadiki has said there is improvement of players’ performance since they started on Wednesday.
At present, the squad has 10 players that represented the country at the Zone VI Games in Botswana in December 2018. These are, Chimwemwe Bonongwe, Gladys Banda, Catherine Kachala, Ruth Mhango, Lucy Mbanganiko, Zainab Kapanda, Yamikani Mhango, Grace Yotamu, Tiwonge Phiri and Caroline Mathyola.
FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka yesterday said they are hopeful the technical panel will build a strong squad to make Costa Rica and Panama World Cup finals scheduled for August.