The Flames squad arrived on Thursday night in Mbeya City from Malawi by road in readiness for the match which will be the first ever Taifa Stars match to be held in the Southern city.
“This is an important match to enable us have our players in good shape,” Chimodzi was quoted saying to Malawian press before leaving for Mbeya.
Chimodzi whose side has been drawn against Chad in the preliminary round of 2015 AFCON qualifiers, has selected a squad of local players for the warm-up match in readiness for the event which is scheduled for Morocco.
The Flames coach who was appointed to take charge of the team early this year after the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) sacked the pair from the Flames’ technical panel, disclosed that he wants to utilise the match against Stars which will be held at the Sokoine Stadium to test his charges ahead of next month’s AFCON qualifiers.
Chimodzi took charge of the Flames after the Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet who was hired by FAM for twomonth contract left the team last September following failure to lead the country to the World Cup.
In another development, Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), member of Executive Committee, Ayoub Nyezi said yesterday that all is set for the first ever Stars friendly international match to be held at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya.
He said the venue is in good shape following completion of the pitch, players and referees dressing rooms renovation as per Confederation of African Football (CAF) directives.
Stars squad under the tutelage of the newly-recruited Dutch tactician Ignatius, famously known as Mart Nooij, is already in Mbeya for the Sunday’s encounter which will be his first assignment since he took charge of the team a week ago.
Taifa Stars, which is sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, is undergoing reforms in readiness for the forthcoming AFCON qualifiers.
Nooij who witnessed from the stands as Stars lost 3-0 against Burundi’s Intamba Mu Rugamba in their last international friendly held at the National Stadium a week ago is also looking forward to shape his squad before the AFCON qualifiers.
The Flames squad which is in Mbeya City to take on Stars on Sunday includes, Goalkeepers: Charles Swini-Silver Strikers FC, Richard Chipuwa-Wanderers FC, Defenders: Pilirani Zonda-Big Bullets FC, Francis Mulimbika-Wanderers FC, John Lanjesi-Civo FC Emmanuel Zoya-Civo FC, Bashiri Maunde- Tigers FC, George Nyirenda- Big Bullets FC
Midfielders: John Banda- Blue Eagles FC, Mecium Mhone- Blue Eagles FC, Douglas Chirambo-Big Bullets FC, World Nkuliwa- Kamu Barracks FC, Frank Banda-Silver Strikers FC, Ndaziona Chatsalira-Silver Strikers FC, Junior Chimodzi- Silver Strikers FC, Phillip Masiye- Blue Eagles FC Strikers: Gastin Simkonda- Moyale Barracks FC, Green Harawa- Silver Strikers, Diverson Mlozi –Bullets FC and Rodrick Gonani from Silver Strikers.