Flames coach Tom Saintfiet will today release the squad that will face Nigeria in World Cup qualifier on September 7 in Calabar.
The coach is expected to drop captain Joseph Kamwendo.
The captain will be replaced by Greece based Tawonga Chimodzi.
It’s a decision that has caught everyone including Football Association of Malawi by suprise.
But Fam general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said they want an explanation on the skippers’ exclusion.
“I know everyone is anxious with the news that Kamwendo will not be part of the squad. But let the coach explain why he has left out Kamwendo,” he said.
Though the coach will release the squad today, a list of the players was last week leaked to the press.
The squad has goal keeper Owen Chaima and Charles Swini.
Defenders: James Sangala, Moses Chavula, Harry Nyirenda, John Langesi Limbikani Mzava, George Nyirenda and vice captain Lucky Malata.
Midfielders: Chimango Kayira, Robert Ng’ambi, Dave Banda Taonga Chimodzi, Micium Mhone and Douglas Chirambo.
Strikers: Peter Wadabwa, Chiukepo Msowoya, Robin Ngalande, Atusaye Nyondo, John Banda and Gabadinho Mhango.
Meanwhile, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has named 18 professional in his recent squad.
Nigeria foreign-based players to face Malawi are:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga, Norway); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Victor Moses (Chelsea , England); Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (Brescia, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Uche Nwofor (VVV Venlo, Holland)
“I am delighted to be able to call upon some of our most important players for the first time since the Nations Cup,” Keshi told BBC Sport.
“It is important we hit the ground running in a game that will hopefully move us closer to the World Cup in Brazil.
“The decision to invite players who have been part of the rebuilding process is to make life easier against a dangerous opponent.”