Africa Soccer MALAWI : Mwase releases final 20-member squad for Cosafa Cup

Malawi coach Meck Mwase has named a final 20-member squad for the Cosafa Cup scheduled for Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Mwase has released the squad after receiving the nod to lead the squad to the tournament, which will run from July 6 to 18.

The coach was doubtful for the competition after he tested positive for Covid-19 on June 10.

The Flames leave for South Africa on Monday morning with an experienced squad comprising foreign-land based players such as Khuda Muyaba, Mike Mkwate, Chembezi Denis (Polokwane City, South Africa) and Cyprus-based Tawonga Chimodzi.

Other foreign-land based players who have made the travelling squad are striker Schumacher Kuwali and winger Ndaziona Chatsalira based in Mozambique.

Mwase has also named goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba, defenders Eric Kaonga, Pilirani Thuli and winger Mischeck Selemani from Nyasa Big Bullets on stand-by in respect of the cup’s regulations in view of the Covid-19.

Chatsalira has returned to the squad alongside strikers Muhamad Sulumba of Civil Service United and Bullets’ Zicco Mkanda.

Sulumba and Mkanda last featured for the Flames in 2015 when Malawi won the Cosafa Plate Division championship in South Africa.

There are some new faces in the team, including uncapped Super League leading scorer Maxwell Phodo of Silver, his team-mates/defenders Mark Fodya and Nickson Mwase.

The Flames begin their Cosafa Cup campaign on Wednesday against Madagascar before facing Zambia on July 13 in their last group B match.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Ernest Kakhobwe, William Thole

Defenders: Stanly Sanudi, Dennis Chembezi, Nickson Nyasulu, Nickson Mwase, Mark Fodya.

Midfielders: Rafiq Namwera, Chimwemwe Idana, Chikoti Chirwa, Tawonga Chimodzi, Mike Mkwate, Micium Mhone, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Vitumbiko Kumwenda

Strikers: Zicco Mkanda, Muhamad Sulumba, Maxwell Phodo, Schumacher Kuwali, Khuda Muyaba.

Reserves: Richard Chimbamba, Eric Kaonga, Pilirani Thuli, Mischeck Selemani

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