The Malawi national team will this weekend be out in Botswana for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Round against the Zebras.

Ahead of the first leg clash on Saturday, the Football Association of Malawi on Tuesday announced a 20-member squad that will fly to Francistown on Wednesday.

Flames coach Meck Mwase has named eight Nyasa Big Bullets players out of 14 local stars called for national duty.

Initially, Mwase had called ten Bullets players for training camp, however midfielder Mike Mkwate and striker Patrick Phiri did not make the final cut.

Goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe; defenders Charles Petro, Precious Sambani and Gomegzani Chirwa; midfielders Chimango Kayira, Chimwemwe Idana and Peter Banda as well as striker Hassan Kajoke are the Bullets players who will be on international duty in Botswana this weekend.

Meanwhile, during the international break this weekend, Bullets will be involved in a four-team bonanza slated for Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament, dubbed “Bingu Ikhome Soccer Bonanza” has attracted four TNM Super League teams namely Bullets and BE Forward Wanderers from the South as well as Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles from the Central.

Bullets have been paired against Blue Eagles in the second match on Saturday while Wanderers will face Silver in the opening match of the semis and the winners will meet in the final on Sunday.

The People’s Team coach Kalisto Pasuwa is expected to use most of the players who are not having game time during the bonanza while most of his first team lads will be away with Malawi.