Malawi’s Flames coach Meck Mwase has gone for continuity in naming his 25-member squad for next month’s Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Scotland-based defender Kieran Ngwenya is the notable inclusion in the squad Mwase unveiled during a virtual press conference held in the commercial capital Blantyre on Monday.

He said home-based players will regroup this Wednesday, save for those of domestic league champions Nyasa Big Bullets who will report for training on Thursday evening after their game against Red Lions.

Mwase has sidelined Bullets striker Hassan Kajoke and his Silver Strikers counterpart Maxwell Gasten who are among the leading scorers in the domestic league this season.

Other players such as Mighty Wanderers goalkeeper William Thole, midfielders Rafiq Namwera and Vitumbiko Kumwenda, who failed to impress at COSAFA Cup held recently in South Africa, have also been left out.

Winger Duncan Nyoni, who signed for Simba SC last week from Silver has also been sidelined, but his new team-mate at the Tanzanian side, Peter Banda, has earned a call-up.

There is a place in the squad for Europe-based players, including midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi, defender Charles Petro and striker Fransisco Madinga who are based in Cyprus, Moldova and Georgia respectively.

Mwase has also recalled Wanderers winger Yamikani Chester who was unavailable for back-to-back decisive qualifying matches for the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations which saw the Flames beat South Sudan and Uganda to sail through to the finals.

Now, the focus for Malawi is on the World Cup qualifying second round Group D match away in Cameroon on 3 September 2021 before hosting Mozambique on neutral Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 7th.

The group’s other team is Cote d’Ivoire.

Malawi will play the first World Cup qualifying match in South Africa after CAF declared the Flames’ home venue of Lilongwe unfit for the World Cup qualifier.

Malawi’s full squad:

Goalkeepers: Brighton Munthali (Silver Strikers), Richard Chipuwa (Be Forward Wanderers), Ernest Kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets)

Defenders: Stanley Sanudi (Be Forward Wanderers), Peter Cholopi (Be Forward Wanderers), Nickson Mwase (Silver Strikers), Limbikani Mzava (AmaZulu), Dennis Chembezi (Polokwane City), Charles Petro (Sheriff Tiraspol), Kieran Ngwenya (Aberdeen), Gomezgani Chirwa (Nyasa Big Bullets).

Midfielders: Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions), Peter Banda (Simba SC), Chimwemwe Idana (Nyasa Big Bullets), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles), John Banda (UD Songo) Yamikani Chester (Be Forward Wanderers), Gerald Phiri Jnr (Baroka FC), Tawonga Chimodzi (Omon Aradippou), Mike Mkwate (Polokwane FC), Francisco Madinga (FC Dila Gori).

Strikers: Vincent Nyangulu (Be Forward Wanderers) Richard Mbulu (Baroka FC), Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane FC).

Source: CAF