“I am confident in the guys. We have been in camp for three weeks and I am encouraged by what I saw. It is not going to be an easy tournament but we are determined to not only compete but also achieve something,” Germany-trained Msakakuona said.
Malawi will get its campaign underway with clashes against Madagascar on Friday, 22 July 2016; play Zambia two days later before wrapping up against Kenya on Tuesday, 26 July 2016.
Msakakuona's squad includes 13-year-old defenders Haji Wali and Innocent Shema.
Group A contains hosts Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia and Seychelles with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semifinal.
Malawi last won the COSAFA U-17 Championship in 2001 in South Africa.
Goalkeepers: Patrick Njolomole, Hastings Banda, Emmanuel Kanthiti
Defenders: Lexpast Sumaili, Henry Chiwaya, Chimango Kalinga, Haji Wali, Gift Phiri, Bernard Kayange, Anthony Msisya, Moses Chipanda Jnr, Innocent Shema
Midfielders: Chifundo George, Peter Banda, Francisco Madinga, Lawrence Chikhosi
Strikers: Raphael Banda, Frank Chizuze, Chikondi Mbeta.