The Malawi Under 17 Head Coach Dekleck Msakakuona says he is confident of building a strong squad to challenge for the COSAFA Youth Championship which Malawi will host next month.
Msakakuona said this after being impressed by the performance of the boys on day one of the pre-camp training aimed at selecting a squad for the COSAFA tournament.
The 40 boys identified during an inter-regional tournament organised by FAM two weeks ago,are undergoing a four-day training camp where Msakakuona will pick his final 30 for COSAFA. FAM organised a talent identification exercise two weeks ago in-order to give room for the coach to scout new talent and use it on national duty.
The junior flames needs to prepare well for the tournament in order to make Malawi proud. The junior flames have recently given us their best in 2016/2017 as they scooped bronze medals in this tournament.
Malawi will be hosting the tournament for the 1st time since 2001 and Football Association of Malawi is ready to put together a team that will challenge for the title.
FAM through their technical director John Kaputa emphasized on picking only individuals in the legal age group as per COSAFA requires.
FAM described on those players born by or after 1st January 2003 and before 30th December 2005.
The 40 players started their pre-camp training on Monday.
After the 4-day pre-camp training, Under 17 national coach Dekleck Msakakuona is expected to come up with the final 30-member squad that will first go through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test at College of Medicine to determine their real ages before going into full camp.