Robert Ngambi of Platinum Stars celebrates during the Nedbank Cup Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars on the 14 April 2013 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Wednesday Feb 17, 2016. 14:57
Malawi national team coach Ernest Mtawali has announced his squad to face Guinea in their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers two-legged affair next month.
The coach has named a 30-man squad with a blend of youth and the experienced payers which includes a number of South African-based internationals.
The Flames mentor has called on experienced campaigners such as Platinum Stars duo Robin Ngalande and Robert Ng’ambi, as well as TP Mazembe’s Josephy Kamwendo.
However, excluded from the list are Polokwane City’s Esau Kanyenda, University of Pretoria’s Atusaye Nyondo and Frank Banda.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates midfielder acknowledged the toughness of the encounter against the Syli Nationale.
“Definitely we expect a tough game, Guinea is not a small team but with the players I have we will make things difficult for them,” Mtawali told Nyasa Times.
“Guinea will work hard for their money and we will make thigs tough for them.
“We will try to play a very cautious game and if they open up, we get a chance, we will make use of it.
“We should score and defend the goal in the end.”
According to the report, the local-based players are set to meet in camp on Sunday, February 21 and the foreign contingent is set to join them later.
The full squad:
Brighton Munthali, Ernest Kakhobwe, John Soko, Simplex Nthala, Charles Swini
John Lanjesi, Wonderful Jeremani, Yamikani Fodya, Miracle Gabeya, Pilirani Zonda, Stanley Sanudi, Francis Mulimbika, Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda
John Banda, Isaac Kaliati, Ernst Tambe, Dan Masimuko, Dalisto Sayilesi, Gerald Phiri Junior, Josephy Kamwendo, Micium Mhone, Robert Ng’ambi, Chimango Kayira
Chiukepo Msowoya, Jabulani Linje, Schumacher Kuwali, Robin Ngalande, Gabadinho Mhango, Zicco Mkanda