Eight of Nyasa Big Bullets players are on Mario Marinica’s preparatory programme ahead of Malawi’s two-legged 2023 AFCON qualifiers against Egypt in March.
Flames will fly to Cairo where they will face Egypt on March 20 and will seven days later welcome the Pharaohs at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
On the programme, Clever Mkungula, who was voted the club’s Best Goalkeeper of the just-ended 2022 season, is being accompanied by vice-captain and Best Defender Precious Sambani, Blessings Mpokera, Alick Lungu, Player of the Season Gomezgani Chirwa, Chiwemwe Idana, Discovery of the Season Patrick Mwaungulu and their new signing Chawanangwa Gumbo.
The eight are among the fifteen players Marinica has picked in the Southern Region for the pre-camp preparations.
The no-residential programme will be exercised three times a week and will see the Flames players working out together at allocated fitness centres across the country.
As the local top-flight football league is currently off-season, the Malawi national team boss disclosed that the programme is intended to compensate for the loss of players’ match fitness which is the result of the inactivity due to the extended break.
Below is the full list of players on the programme:
South: Clever Mkungula, Gomezgani Chirwa, Blessings Mpokera, Alick Lungu, Chimwemwe Idana, Patrick Mwaungulu, Precious Sambani of Nyasa Big Bullets; Stanley Sanudi, Chiukepo Msowoya, Gaddie Chirwa, Muhammed Sulumba, Miracle Gabeya, Yamikani Chester of Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Chikoti Chirwa of Red Lions.
Centre: Charles Thom, Nickson Mwase, Stain Davie of Silver Strikers; Lawrence Chaziya, who is unattached, Paul Ndlovu, Dan Chimbalanga of Mafco, Kelvin Kadzinje of Civil Service United, Micium Mhone, Gilbert Chirwa, Schumacher Kuwali and Brighton Munthali of Blue Eagles.
North: Lloyd Njaliwa of Moyale Barracks.