AFCON Malawi’s Flames to regroup on May 8 for 2023 AFCON preparations

Malawi will regroup on May 8 to start two-phased preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D qualifiers.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka announced Tuesday that the initial phase of the camp training would involve home-based players.

The camp will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will run from 8th to 22nd of May 2022. The 2nd phase will run from 22nd to 30 May 2022.During the camp, players would be allowed to return to clubs according to their fixture’s involvements,” he said in a statement.

Coach Mario Marinica is expected to invite a maximum number of 30 local based players for a training camp shortly. The 30 players are being earmarked for both the 2023 AFCON qualifiers as well as the 2023 CHAN qualifiers whose draw is yet to be conducted.”

He said Marinica will name his final squad at the end of the first training schedule on March 22.

 “Active foreign-based players will only be expected to join the squad at the opening of the FIFA Calendar,” Zakazaka said.

The Flames share the group with Ethiopia, who they meet first next month, then Guinea and Egypt.

The Flames punched above their weight after reaching the Round-of-16 for the delayed 2021 edition held in Cameroon between January and February 2022.

CAF is yet to confirm the actual dates and venues for the 2023 qualifiers.

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