Malawi Flames coach Tom Saintfiet will today name his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria with Football Association of Malawi patiently waiting to hear from the Belgian on why he has excluded captain Joseph Kamwendo.
Last week the coach was quoted by the local media that he had excluded Kamwendo in the crucial away qualifier, but Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said they wanted an explanation why the captain has been left out.
“When the technical panel releases the squad, we sit down and discuss the logistics. We let them explain why this player is in the squad and why that one is left out. So I will not comment much now until we hear the coach’s explanation on the players that are in the squad or have not been picked,” Nyirenda said.
Kamwendo’s exclusion has drawn the wrath of the public who feel the experienced on field leader should captain the Flames in Calabar. The Mozambique based midfielder failed to travel to Rwanda for an international friendly due to club commitments.
However, some think the decision to drop him in the squad is related to the player’s absence in the international friendly that Malawi won 1-0. Though the coach will name the squad today which has been leaked to the media, has 21 players.
The squad has goal keeper Owen Chaima and Charles Swini. Defenders in the squad are James Sangala, Moses Chavula, Harry Nyirenda, John Langesi Limbikani Mzava, George Nyirenda and vice captain Lucky Malata.
Chimango Kayira, Robert Ng’ambi, Dave Banda Taonga Chimodzi, Micium Mhone and Douglas Chirambo are the midfielders in the squad. Strikers called for the game are Peter Wadabwa, Chiukepo Msowoya, Robin Ngalande, Atusaye Nyondo, John Banda and Gabadinho Mhango.
Meanwhile, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has named 18 professional players in his recent squad. Last week the coach named a 42 member squad but Nigeria Football Federation rejected the squad.
Keshi had included some 24 local players in the squad but he was asked to release a much smaller squad with more professional players. According to BBC the coach has now released 18 professionals to be joined by five locals.
“I am delighted to be able to call upon some of our most important players for the first time since the Nations Cup,” Keshi told BBC Sport.
“It is important we hit the ground running in a game that will hopefully move us closer to the World Cup in Brazil.
“The decision to invite players who have been part of the rebuilding process is to make life easier against a dangerous opponent.”
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