By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
The Football Association of Malawi has announced its senior national football team will begin training this week ahead of the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to take place in Cameroon next year.
In a release on Tuesday December 7, 2021, FAM declared some home based players of the national team will begin training on Thursday December 9 ahead of the continental football showpiece.
The Head Coach of the team, Meck Mwase and other technical staffs of the FA made the announcement during a presser where the tactician released the list of 32 players expected to take part in the camping.
The group of players include 12 new players receiving their debut call-up Malawi national team.
According to Meck Mwase, most of the younger players called to camp have been invited to fill in spaces that will be occupied by players currently plying their trade in other countries and will only be available weeks to the start of the AFCON in Cameroon.
The FA also reiterated some of the junior flames included in the list have been summoned to begin the federation’s plans of ensuring smooth transition from the country’s junior teams to senior outfits.
Malawi’s official squad for the AFCON tournament will be released on or before December 23 this year, FAM added.
The Flames are lodged in Group B alongside Senegal, Guinea and Zimbabwe and will be playing their group matches at the Kouekong Omnisport Stadium in Bafoussam.
The team will play its first game on January 10 against 1996 runners up, the Sylli National of Guinea. The Malawian Flames will face Southern Africans, the Warriors of Zimbabwe on January 14th before their final group game against two time finalists and 2019 runners-up, the Terenga Lions of Senegal, four days later on January 18th.
The Malawians who will be in their third AFCON participation when they come to Cameroon next year, will be looking forward to reach the knock out stages of the tournament for the first time after failing to do so in their first two attempts in 1984 and 2010.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations takes place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2021 with 24 countries shared in six pools across five cities, competing in the continent’s premier men’s football tournament.
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