Malawi national football team coach Meck Mwase has included new names in his 29-man squad of local based players to start camping.
Mwase has accorded maiden national team experience to current Super League goal scorer Royal Bokosi of Red Lions, Mphatso Magaleta of Ntopwa United, Vitumbiko Kumwenda of Wanderers, Jailosi Kapalamula and Paul Ndlovu of Mafco, Patrick Banda of Ekwendeni Hammers and Maxwell Phodo of Silver Strikers.
The Flames will start camping this evening at Mpira Village in Blantyre. After two days of camping, the coach will name his final squad.
The team will fulfil its two final fixtures against South Sudan and Uganda next month. Malawi will play away against the former on 24th March before returning home for the last assignment against the latter on 29th March.
Malawi lies third in the group with three points. If they will collect maximum points in the remaining fixtures, qualification for the tournament will be guaranteed.
Below is the full squad:
Bright Munthali (Silver Strikers), William Thole (Mighty Wanderers), Ernest kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets), Jailosi Kapalamula (Mafco)
Stanley Sanudi, Peter Cholopi (Mighy Wanderers), Precious Sambani, Nickson Nyasulu (Nyasa Big Bullets), Paul Ndhlovu (Mafco), Eric Kaonga (Ekwendeni Hammers), Mark Fodya (Silver Strikers)
Chimwemwe Idana, Chimango Kayira (Nyasa Big Bullets), Rafick Namwera, Felix Zulu, Vitumbiko Kumwenda (Mighty Wanderers), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Duncan Nyoni (Silver Strikers), Patrick Banda (Ekwendeni Hammers), Mphatso Magaleta (Ntopwa)
Hassan Kajoke (Nyasa Big Bullets), Stain Davie, Maxwell Phodo (Silver Strikers), Royal Bokosi (Red Lions) Vincent Nyangulu (Mighty Wanderers), Raphael Phiri (Civo)