FIFA World Cup Gabadinho Mhango returns for Malawi ahead of Liberia test

Malawi coach Patrick Mabedi has named a 25-man squad for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Tunisia later in November.

The Flames will travel to Liberia for their opening group H match on Friday, November 17 before hosting Tunisia at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Tuesday, November 21. South Africa-based striker Gabadinho Mhango has returned to the squad after missing two 2023 AFCON qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea.

Other foreign-based players in the squad are goalkeeper Brighton Munthali who plays for Black Leopards in South Africa and defender Denis Chembezi of Iraq’s Al-Qasim SC. Mozambique-based duo of captain John Banda and Lloyd Njaliwa and Zambia-based Chifundo Mphasi have also made the list. The Flames will leave for Liberia on Monday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

Malawi squad; Goalkeepers: Innocent Nyasulu (Wakawaka Tigers FC), Austin Chirambo (FCB Nyasa Bullets Reserve), Brighton Munthali (Black Leopards FC).

Defenders: Mark Lameck (Blue Eagles FC), Dannie Chimbalanga (MAFCO)Stanley Sanudi, Lawrence Chaziya (Mighty Mukuru Wanderers), Nickson Mwase Tatenda M’balaka (Silver Strikers), Chembezi Denis (Al-Qasim SC), Blessings Mpokera (FCB Nyasa Bullets).

Midfielders: Robert Gomez Saizi (Bangwe All Stars) Chrispin Mapemba (FCB Nyasa Bullets Reserve), Wisdom Mpinganjira, Francisco Madinga (Mighty Mukuru Wanderers), Chimwemwe Idana (Silver Strikers), Lloyd Aaron (Civil Service United), Frank Willard, Patrick Mwaungulu, Lanjesi Nkhoma (FCB Nyasa Bullets), John Banda ( UD Songo), Chifundo Mphasi (Kabwe Warriors).

Strikers: Olson Kanjira (Kamuzu Barracks), Christopher Kumwembe (Mighty Mukuru Wanderers), Gabadinho Mhango (Moroka Swallows).

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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