Flames Local Players to Face Zambia
The Malawi national team technical panel says they will use local players during a test match against Zambia slated for 11 March with the aim of identifying local players who will be ready to challenge for a place to face Burkina Faso.
Flames assistant coach Lovemore Fazili made the announcement on Tuesday in Blantyre at the team’s first training session after they regrouped to start preparing for the AFCON qualifier against the stallions.
Flames assistant Coach Lovemore Fazili said all the players have reported for duties and their response on the first day was positive.
“It has been a very promising start looking at the positive performance of the players considering they are on off season. All the 31 boys we called into camp are here and they are all fit,” said Fazili.
The Flames are expected to travel to Lusaka on Monday next week for a friendly match against Zambia on Wednesday March 11.
According to Fazili, playing Zambia in the testing match will help them identify the local players who are ready to challenge for a starting berth to face Burkina Faso
“The friendly match has come at the right time because we are playing a strong side and we hope that we well learn a number of things that will help us as we prepare for the Burkina Faso Match.
“We will use local based players during the friendly match and those who will perform well will stand a good chance of making the final squad alongside the foreign based players," said Fazili.
Malawi will play Burkina Faso away in Ouagadougou on March 26 before hosting their opponents at the Kamuzu Stadium four days later.