The Flames squad of local based players concluded their second week of provisional camp on Wednesday morning as the team’s preparations for next month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Ethiopia continues..
All the 30 players that Coach Patrick Mabedi called into camp reported for duties including seven Mighty Mukuru Wanderers who did not make it last week due to club commitments.
Mabedi also added into the squad Ekwendeni Hammers’ Wongani Lungu. Romania based defender cum midfielder Charles Petro, who is in the country for off season also joined camp on Monday.
Commenting on the three days sessions Mabedi said he was impressed with how the boys are responding to training.
“First of all let me thank Mighty Mukuru Wanderers for releasing the players to join their colleagues this week . This ensured that we had everybody on our plan and it helped us to implement all our plans for this camp.
“We added Lungu whom I have been following Lungu for a long time ago. He is young and energetic and as we try to look at the team’s transition, we would like to bring in more young players like him. For Petro, he is on off season and we called him into camp so that he remains active, same with Dennis Chembezi who joined last week.
“It was a fantastic week and you could see progress from the players and we hope they will continue to improve next week,” he said.
On other foreign-based players, Mabedi said he has been tracking their performance which will determine their inclusion in the final squad.
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and FCB Nyasa Big Bullets players were released on Tuesday to join their clubs who are travelling to Karonga over the weekend. The rest of the players left on Wednesday afternoon.
The Flames will pay Ethiopia in Mozambique on 20th June.