The New Times (Kigali)

Malawi Name Strong Squad for Cecafa

MALAWI national football team coach Kinnah Phiri named a 20-man squad which will face Rwanda on November 26 in the opening match of Group C of this year's Cecafa Challenge Cup at Namboole Stadium in Kampala.

According to Malawian press, Kinnah, who dropped two senior midfielders Frank Banda and Davie Banda after they sneaked out of training camp for beer drinking, said he has faith in his homegrown talent.

"I have faith in the young players who have discipline. They have to prove to the nation that they are good," he said.

The Malawi coach has introduced two new goalkeepers, Owen Chaima and Richard Chipuwa, who are likely to play second fiddle to first-choice keeper Charles Swini.

Right-winger Mician Mhone of Blue Eagles, defender George Nyirenda and striker Innocent Bokosi have been included for the national duty for the first time.

Former APR forward Msowoya Chiukepo, who now features for Escom United, leads the striking force for the Cosafa side, which was preferred to Cameroon and Zimbabwe as a last minute replacement for Djibouti and will be making a third appearance in the competition which dates back to 1926.

Malawi squad:

Charles Swini (Silver Strikers), Owen Chaima (Big Bullets), Richard Chipuwa (Wanderers FC), Foster Namwera (Wanderers FC), Moses Chavula (Wanderers FC), Bongani Kaipa (Wanderers FC), Steve Chagona (Blue Eagles), George Nyirenda (Big Bullets), Pilirani Makupe (Civo United), John Lanjesi (Civo United), Joseph Kamwendo (Wanderers FC), Patrick Masanjala (Blue Eagles), Mician Mhone (Blue Eagles), Ndaziona Chatsalira (Silver Strikers), Chimango Kayira(Big Bullets), Benard Harawa (Escom United), Chiukepo Msowoya (Escom United), Rodrick Gonani (Silver Strikers), Green Harawa (Silver Strikers), Innocent Bokosi (Blue Eagles).

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