Saturday, 01 January 2022 12:05

Malawi name final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Staff Reporter.

Malawi technical director Mario Marinica has named just 23 players despite being allowed to take 28 players because of Covid-19 concerns.

Striker Gabadinho Mhango is in the squad despite a poor run of form for South African side Orlando Pirates and uncapped trio of goalkeeper Charles Thom, defender Lawrence Chaziya and winger Zebron Kalima will travel to Cameroon.

Forward Schumacher Kuwali has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a thigh injury at a training camp in Saudi Arabia, and Al Hilal attacker Gerald Phiri Jr is another notable absentee for the Flames.

Malawi compete in Group B at the tournament where they take on Guinea, Zimbabwe and Senegal.

Malawi squad for Afcon 2021

Goalkeepers: Ernest Kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), William Thole (Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Charles Thom (Silver Strikers, Malawi).

Defenders: Lawrence Chaziya (Civo United, Malawi), Dennis Chembezi (Polokwane City, South Africa), Gomezgani Chirwa (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Peter Cholopi, Stanley Sanudi (both Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Mark Fodya (Silver Strikers, Malawi), Limbikani Mzava (AmaZulu, South Africa).

Midfielders: John Banda (UD Songo, Mozambique), Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions, Malawi), Chimwemwe Idana (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles, Malawi), Charles Petro (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova).

Forwards: Peter Banda (Simba SC, Tanzania), Yamikani Chester (Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Zebron Kalima (Silver Strikers, Malawi), Francisco Madinga (Dila Gori, Georgia), Richard Mbulu (Baroka FC, South Africa), Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City, South Africa), Robin Ngalande (St George, Ethiopia).