MATCHS DU JOUR 3
Malawi head coach Mario Marinica has named his final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which comprises of players who ply their trade on the continent.
While a number of countries at AFCON will have players who play in Europe, Malawi have put their hopes in players who play in their homeland, as well as those whose clubs are in countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
There are only to overseas based players in the 23-man squad. Fransisco Madinga plays his football in Georgia for FC Dilla Gori, while Charles Petro is contracted to Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.
Petro will bring some valuable experience to the Malawian squad, having featured in the Uefa Champions League qualifiers with his club earlier in the season.
There are five players on the reserve list, who can be called upon. The five players are Brighton Munthali, Paul Ndlovu, Stain Davie, Norchard Chimbalanga, Gerald Phiri Junior.
Malawi have been drawn into group B with Guinea, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Their first match of the competition will be against Guinea on Monday, 10 January, at Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam.
Goalkeepers: Ernest Kakhobwe (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), William Thole (BF Wanderers, Malawi), Charles Thom (Silver Strikers, Malawi)
Defenders: Limbikani Mzava (Amazulu, South Africa), Dennis Chembezi (Polokwane City, South Africa), Mark Fodya (Silver Strikers, Malawi), Gomezgani Chirwa (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Lawrence Chaziya (Civo Sporting, Malawi), Stanley Sanudi (BF Wanderers, Malawi), Peter Cholopi (BF Wanderers, Malawi)
Midfielders: John Banda (UD Songo, Mozambique), Charles Petro (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova), Chimwemwe Idana (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Chikoti Chirwa (Red Lions, Malawi), Micium Mhone (Blue Eagles, Malawi), Robin Ngalande (St George, Ethiopia), Yamikani Chester (BF Wanderers, Malawi), Fransisco Madinga (FC Dilla Gori, Georgia), Peter Banda (Simba SC, Tanzania), Zebron Kalima (Silver Strikers, Malawi)
Strikers: Richard Mbulu (Baroka FC, South Africa), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City, South Africa), Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)