LILONGWE--Football fans in Lilongwe have applauded the decision by the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to have Malawi under 17’s game against Botswana played in the capital city.
Supporters in Lilongwe for a long time complained that most national team matches are played in Blantyre following the world governing body FIFA’s recommendation that Kamuzu Stadium is better suited for the matches. Alfred Damaliphetsa Phiri, who resides in Area 23, Lilongwe is among those excited about Lilongwe hosting an international match.
“All the times when we talk about national team games its always in Blantyre, but this time around it gives us an opportunity to watch a national team game. I think a lot of people will come to this game. I would like to ask the fans to come in their large numbers so that we can cheer the junior Flames.” he said
Dickson Chivyati Gondwe, Galaxy FM’s sports broadcaster, echoed Phiri’s sentiments, adding that there was need to publicise the match.
“When it comes to games concerning the junior Flames, [many] people they don’t come to the games. I think FAM has to improve on that.”
Malawi U- 17 takes on Botswana in the African Youth Championship. The first leg will be played at Silver Striker’s stadium on 8th September with the return leg will be in Gaborone, Botswana on 22 September.
The junior is currently in camp. It will be coached by John Kaputa who will be assisted by Leo Mpulula. Nicholas Mhango will manage the team.
Preliminary squad: Martin Mapinda, Gibson Kalua, Taonga Chingati, Vincent Chavi, Alinafe Lidi, Trouble Clement Banda, Brian Phiri, Lovemore Jere, Cliff Bololo, Matias Nyirenda, Binwell Katinji, Innocent Kyumba, Albert Mpinganjira, Thokozani Harrison, Yusuf Msusa, Peter Chembezi, Juma Kaipa, Kondwani Chilungo, Douglas Tewesa, Tinkhani Nyirenda, Ernest Tambe, Damson Mayola, Kondwani Dukuma Phiri, Isaac Mwale, Dango Kumwenda, Dalitso Makunganya, Tawonga Malenga, Gilbert Mkandawire, Clement Mwalwanda, Kennedy Nyirenda, Ken Kaunda,Victor Makhumula, Mike Chigalu, Boston Kabango,Festus Chikweza,Aubrey Makhanga, Andrew Kalikokha, Wongani Kusanja,Suzgo Nyambose
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