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A depleted Malawi team has left for Guinea...

A lean 15-member Malawi squad left on Tuesday for the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Guinea, hoping to put their campaign back on track after consecutive losses.

South Africa-based winger Fischer Kondowe is the notable inclusion in the squad, which has been trimmed due to lack of enough funding.

Kondowe has not played for the Flames since March, when he broke his toe while training with Bloemfontein Celtic, ruling himself out of the country’s back-to-back Group E qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Malawi lost those games, 5-0 and 1-0 respectively.

But Kondowe breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when coach Kinnah Phiri made him a late inclusion in his lean squad to replace Escom United defensive midfielder Jacob Ngwira.

“I’m impressed with how Kondowe has regained his endurance and pace. He will certainly be an asset in Guinea as we need fighters,” Kinnah said.

The Flames must salvage at least a draw if they are to resurrect their faltering campaign for a place at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations – the World Cup already seems out of reach. Their group is led jointly by the Cote d’Ivoire’s Elephants and Burkina Faso’s Stallions, who boast six points a piece.

Malawi squad:


Peter Mponda (captain), Elvis Kafoteka (vice-captain), Swadick Sanudi, Simplex Nthara, James Sangala, Moses Chavula, Allan Kamanga, Wisdom Ndlovu, Joseph Kamwendo, Hellings Mwakasungula, Fischer Kondowe, Robert Ng’ambi, Tawonga Chimodzi, Dave Banda, Jimmy Zakazaka, Chiukepo Msowoya, Esau Kanyenda and Atusaye Nyondo.

Peter Kanjere, Goal.com

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