The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Saturday released a list of players called into camp to start preparations for the forthcoming Flames 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Burkina Faso next month.
Meck Mwase’s 23-member local squad includes eight Nyasa Big Bullets players namely goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe; defenders Gomezgani Chirwa, Precious Sambani and Nickson Nyasulu; midfielders Chimango Kayira, Peter Banda and Chimwemwe Idana as well as striker Hassan Kajoke.
The players are expected to report for camping in Blantyre on Sunday, October 25, 2020. However, in consideration of the ongoing pre-season training in Mangochi, where the national coach and team manager Clement Kafwafwa visited The People’s Team on Friday, Bullets mentor Kalisto Pasuwa has resolved to release his players called for national duty on October 30, 2020.
“It’s good that we have that number from our squad being called for national team duty, but also considering that this is pre-season we need to have these players for at least two weeks, especially now considering that we have been inactive for a long time due to the Covid-19.
“And for the past two years we have been having problems when introducing our system of play these guys would be with the national team and at the end of the day we will be having problems in adapting to the system that we want to use. But now I thought it would be good for us to have them around for them to cope up with the system before we release them for national duty,” said Pasuwa on Saturday.
“It’s very unfortunate that national team needs them and at the same time we also need them, but remember we have a congestion of games and we need these boys to be ready. And having the boys here in Mangochi will also be good for the national team that is going to Burkina Faso, which has the same weather as this one we’re experiencing here [in the lakeshore district],” added Pasuwa.