The Malawi National Under-17 technical panel has selected 88 players to compete for the places in the team.
The technical panel conducted a two-week talent identification exercise at district and regional levels across the country as part of preparations for this year’s Cosafa U-17 tournament to be played as part of Region 5 Games in Lesotho in December.
According to a statement by Football Association of Malawi (FAM), coach Deklerk Msakakuona and his team now have to come up with a final squad of 40 players from the 88.
FAM Technical Director John Kaputa branded the exercise a success.
“The district cluster selection process was handled by our colleagues from Massa, National Youth Football Association and District Coaches but the regional phase involved the technical panel who were divided into two groups and each group had two regions to select the players that will fit their plans.
“In the Central region, 22 players were identified out of 105 who came for trials, in the north, 20 out of 79 players were identified. The group that went to the Eastern Region on Saturday and Southern Region on Sunday discovered 23 players from each region out or 80 and 82 players respectively."
The junior Flames are expected to host the 2022 Region Five games which will be used as the 2023 AFCON Youth Qualifiers.