Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden has recalled a number of players in his squad that will go in camp on Sunday ahead of the last 2019 AFCON qualifier against Morocco next Friday at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
South African based midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior, who last played for the Flames in September, leads a cast of Flames returnees that includes striker Schumacker Kuwali, goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe and E-swatini based striker Binwell Katinji.
Katinji, who is enjoying a good scoring form for Eswatini Premiership side Malanti Chiefs with seven goals so far this season, is making his return since featuring in Flames 0-0 draw against Angola at the 2017 Cosafa Cup.
Mozambique based goalkeeper Charles Swini has been left out due match fitness as he is recovering from an illness.
Regulars Precious Sambani, Dennis Chembezi, Brighton Munthali, Patrick Phiri, Levison Maganizo will not be part of the squad as they are with the Under 23 national team which is playing Zambia back to back, two days before and after the Morocco game, in the U23 AFCON Qualifers.
Initially RVG wanted to use the players for all the three games but changed after the Zambia away game was rescheduled to Sunday from Tuesday the other week.
The coach said despite that the Flames are already out of the AFCON the match is important in the continuous rebuilding of the team.
“Like we said around New Year that we are going to work with the future Flames. This is a young squad that represents the future and it is important they continue playing together in such big matches,” he said.
The Flames will regroup in Lilongwe on Sunday ahead of the Friday match.
The following is the full squad:
GOALKEEPERS :Nenani Juwaya (Be Forward Wanderers), Hastings Banda (Civil Sporting Club),Ernest Kakhobwe (NMC Bullets)
DEFENDERS :Stanley Sanudi( Be Forward Wanderers),John Lanjesi(NMC Bullets),Peter Cholopi (Be Forward Wanderers), Gomezgani Chirwa( Civil Sporting Club),Ian Chinyama ( TN Stars),Miracle Gabeya ( NMC Bullets),Chisomo Mpachika(Silver Strikers)
MIDFIELDERS: Chikoti Chirwa(Red Lions), John Banda ( HCB Songo), Dan Kumwenda (Civil Sporting Club),Gerald PhiriJr (Ajax Cape Town),Singa Simeon (Be Forward Wanderers)
STRIKERS & WINGERS: Felix Zulu (Be Forward Wanderers) Stain Davie (-ENH FC),Yamikani Chester ( MFK Vyškov),Binwel Katinji (Malanti Chiefs)Gabadinho Mhango (Bidvest Wits),Khuda Muyaba (Silver Strikers)Schumacher Kuwali (Blue Eagles),Miciam Mhone (Blue Eagles)