South Africa-based strikers Atusaye Nyondo and Robin Ngalande have joined the Flames camp in preparation for the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Morocco’s Atlas Lions in Rabat, Morocco on September 7.
The two are so far the only foreign-based players in the squad which started camp training over the weekend at Chiwembe in Blantyre.
Flames coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) yesterday said the two have joined the team early because they are not attached.
“So far, so good. We decided to let them [Atusaye and Robin] join the local players so that we check their fitness levels since they have not been active because they currently don’t have clubs,” he said.
Team manager James Sangala said the list of other foreign-based would be out this week.
“The other players will be released a week before the qualifier as per Fifa rules and regulations.
“Most likely, these players will join the team on the way to Morocco,” he said.
However, the Flames will miss the services of Platinum Stars’ Robert Ng’ambi, who sustained an injury while undergoing trials in Turkey last week.
He has since returned to his base South Africa.
Captain Limbikani Mzava, Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Gerald Phiri are the other South Africa-based players expected to join the Flames.
Mozambique-based trio of John CJ Banda, Frank Banda and goalkeeper Charles Swini are the other regulars set to join the team en route to Rabat.
Malawi beat Comoros 1-0 in their first qualifier and are joint Group B leaders with Cameroon, who beat Morocco 1-0.
Comoros are third while Morocco anchor the table.