MWASE OPENS FOR CHOOSING LESOTHO – – Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey,Tennis and sports in Malawi


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Malawi national football team head coach Meke Mwase has come up with reason for playing Lesotho’s Likuena (Crocodiles) as sparring partners in two international friendly matches on Friday and Sunday in Maseru, Lesotho ahead of next month’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The tactician said the 137-ranked Likuena was the only team that responded positively to a request to host the Flames ranked 124, after several FAs were approached.

“Actually, we asked for a friendly game that would help our boys keep in shape. It’s only Lesotho that accepted. It’s because we hosted them sometime back and they have likewise accepted,” Mwase said.

The Flames, under Ronny van Geneugden, hosted Lesotho in November 2017 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe in a friendly that ended 1-1 drew.

Mwase said the two friendly games will help the Flames to keep in shape ahead of next month’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Malawi is in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Uganda and the preliminary round winner between South Sudan and Seychelles who will be the Flames’ first opponent next month.

Though the team has trained just for three days, Mwase has called 27 players for the camp and finally named final 22 squad to play Lesotho.

“This camp is part of our preparations for AFCON qualifiers. Things can happen in camp.  There can be injuries. Some players may not be with us because of injuries. This is why we called all these players. Remember, we are in World Cup and AFCON group stages and we need depth,” Mwase said.

Soccer analyst Charles Nyirenda said Muyaba’s recent spat with other players in which he scorned them as cricketers, might be the reason why Mwase is snubbing him for Flames camp.

“It’s a tricky situation. While accepting that Khuda is indeed in top form and deserves a call-up, his presence in camp might bring tension among players because of his remarks,” Nyirenda said.

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