Be Forward Wanderers in-form striker Muhamad Sulumba has made the travelling squad for this Sunday’s friendly in Zambia alongside his teammates Isaac Kaliati and Malumbo Gondwe.
Sulumba has earned the selection after scoring thrice in equal number of games for the Nomads. It is his first call-up.
Other surprise inclusions in the squad are Amos Khamula (Airborne Rangers), Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions) Tizgobele Kumwenda (Silver Strikers) and Pilirani Zonda (Big Bullets), who was a late inclusion.
Flames coach Young Chimodzi, who leaves today for Lusaka with his charges, has hope in the new brigade that it can deliver the goods.
“In defence, we have the usual players but in striking force we do not have players we can rely on in the event that the foreign-based players are absent. The likes of Sulumba are doing well. Coming from a small team, he has a lot to learn and the good thing is that he is willing to learn,” Chimodzi said yesterday.
Malawi is tuning up for the 2015 Cosafa Cup to get underway in South Africa on May 17 followed by the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers mid-June.
The first home game is against Zimbabwe in Group L comprising Swaziland and Guinea.
Malawi will play Zambia on May 10 followed by South Africa on May 22 and Egypt on June 8, according to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda.
Full squad: Richard Chipuwa, McDonald Harawa, Francis Mulimbika, Lucky Malata,Bashir Maunde, Yamikani Fodya, Zonda, Chirwa, Micium Mhone, John Banda, Fischer Kondowe, Ernest Tambe, Gondwe, Victor Limbani, Kaliati, Peter Wadabwa, Sulumba, Khamula, Kumwenda.