Eight Nyasa Big Bullets players on Monday joined the Malawi national team local camp preparing for the 2023 back to back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea this month.
Flames coach Mario Marinica a week ago announced a 30-member squad, with eight players coming from The People’s Team, however, defender Hadji Wali did not join the rest of the squad due to a hamstring injury he is nursing.
The Bullets members who are with the national team that started preparations on Sunday include goalkeeper Clever Mkungula, defenders Precious Sambani, Gomezgani Chirwa as well as midfielder Chimwemwe Idana and forward Anthony Mfune.
Blessings Mpokera and Alick Lungu, who are currently in Turkey for trials, are expected to join camp at Mpira Village in Chiwembe next week.
This is the first time for Mfune to be called to the national team following his move to The People’s Team from Karonga United, while Bullets Reserves graduates Lungu, Mpokera and Mkungula have previously been in the Flames squad but never capped.
Marinica has retained Idana and Chirwa, who went to the Afcon finals in January in Cameroon.
Returning to the squad after a long absence is Sambani, who was part of the Afcon qualifying team, but missed the continental competition due to a knee injury he sustained early last season.