South Africa-based defender Limbikani Mzava will captain the Flames despite the inclusion of former skipper, Joseph Kamwendo, until recently on the books of DR Congo outfit, TP Mazembe.
Surprises in the squad include uncapped goalkeepers, John Soko and Brighton Munthali, who play for Malawi elite clubs Blue Eagles and Silver Strikers respectively. Silver Strikers also contributed another rookie defender, Wonder Jeremani.
There were no places for South Africa-based attackers, Robin Ngalande and Gerald Phiri just as Mozambique-based goalkeeper, Simplex Nthala.
Malawi, which has qualified the AFCON twice, 1984 and 2010, have one point, same as Guinea from their previous two games. Swaziland share top spot with Zimbabwe on four points each.
Goalkeepers: Brighton Munthali (Silver Strikers), John Soko (Blue Eagles)
Defenders: Limbikani Mzava (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Stanley Sanudi (Be Forward Wanderers), Francis Mlimbika (Be Forward Wanderers), Miracle Gabeya (Nyasa Big Bullets), Wonderful Jeremani (Silver Strikers), Yamikani Fodya (Nyasa Big Bullets), John Lanjesi (Nyasa Big Bullets), Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards)
Midfielders: Chimango Kayira (Costa de Sol, Mozambique), Robert Ng'ambi (Platinum Stars, South Africa), Joseph Kamwendo (Liga Desportivo de Maputo, Mozambique),Micium Mhone (Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), John Banda (Ferroviaro de Nampula, Mozambique),
Isaac Kaliati (Be Forward Wanderers)
Forwards: Chiukepo Msowoya (Nyasa Big Bullets), Gabadinho Mhango (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Zicco Mkandawire (Liga Desportivo de Maputo, Mozambique), Schumacher Kuwali (Ferroviaro de Nampula, Mozambique)