Big names in Malawi squad for COSAFA Castle Cup

Malawi have named a near full-strength squad for the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup that includes stalwarts such as Josephy Kamwendo and Harry Nyirenda.

Coach Ernest Mtawali has set his sights on the title this year and has called up a strong squad with plenty of COSAFA Castle Cup experience.

Aside from Kamwendo and Nyirenda, he has also included South Africa-based Limbikani Mzava, Gerald Phiri and Gabadinho Mhango, as well as former PSL players John Banda, Chiukepo Msowoya and Peter Wadabwa.

It is a major statement of intent from Mtawali, who is hoping to steer Malawi to their first ever COSAFA Castle Cup crown.

They start their campaign in Group B with an opener against Angola (June 12), before they take on Mauritius (June 14) and Lesotho (June 16).

Malawi squad

Goalkeepers: Brighton Munthali, Charles Swini, John Soko

Defenders: Stanley Sanudi, Yamikani Fodya, Miracle Gabeya, Francis Mulimbika, John Lanjesi, Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda

Midfielders: Wonderful Jeremani, Isaac Kaliati, Josephy Kamwendo, John Banda, Dalitso Sailesi, Rafiq Namwera, Gerald Phiri

Forwards: Chiukepo Msowoya, Peter Wadabwa, Gabadinho Mhango