Africa Soccer Malawi coach Marinica drafts young prospect in Cosafa provisional squad

Malawi coach Mario Marinica has issued a late call-up to Nyasa Big Bullets tantalizing midfielder Patrick Mwaungulu.

The youngster has joined the provisional squad for next month’s COSAFA Cup to take place in Durban, South Africa.

The Flames started the camp training at Mpira Village in Blantyre on Monday.

Meanwhile, Bullets players Gomezgani Chirwa, Chimwemwe Idana and Precious Sambani have not reported for camp due to injuries they suffered while on club duty over the weekend.

Football Association of Malawi says all the other players have reported for camp and underwent Covid-19 and medical tests.

Silver Strikers forward Stain Davie has a knock while Schumacher Kuwali has been diagnosed with Malaria,” FAM website says.

Marinica has drafted in the squad foreign land based players in the squad including Mozambique based skipper John Banda.

The coach wants to use the Cosafa Cup to prepare for African Nations Championship (CHAN) and AFCON qualifiers scheduled between July and September 2022.

The foreign-based contingent includes South African based Khuda Myaba and Dennis Chembezi and Peter Banda who plays in Tanzania.

The Flames are in group B alongside Lesotho, Eswatini and Mauritius.

Malawi will open their campaign against Lesotho on July 6 at the King Zwelithini Stadium before facing Eswatini at the same venue two days later. 

The Flames will play their final group match against Mauritius at the Princess Magogo on July 10.

If Malawi win the group, they will face Senegal in the quarterfinals on July 13 at Princess Magogo Stadium.

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