When Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team coach Richard Dobson was offered the chance for his Under-17s to play Malawi, he thought: "We're going to get a spanking!"

But Wanderers' Youth side took on the international side - who are preparing for this month's Under-17 World Cup - and beat the visitors 1-0!

Malawi are one of five African nations in the tournament - qualifying ahead of heavyweights like Ghana and Nigeria.

To Dobson's delight, the Chairboys win came thanks to a 20-yard volley from Ryan Ware.

Dobson said: "It was a very good experience for everyone. The game was arranged in a matter of days.

"Malawi are over here staying near Heathrow and needed a game. Their agent phoned asking if we would like to play them.

"I think they were due to play Reading, who had to pull out for some reason.

"My first thought was 'we're going to be on the end of a spanking'. They had qualified for the World Cup!

"But I had some players to look at who were up for scholarships, so it worked out well for us."

Dobson passed his verdict on the visitors ahead of their World Cup adventure.

He added: "They were very good technically and played with a lot of freedom - sometimes too much freedom.

"We had a chat in the cafe after the game and I gave them my thoughts on what they could do to play more defensively - and with a bit more structure.

"Whether they take that on board, who knows, but it was an eye-opener for us. It brought it home how well-resourced we are in this country."

The game could be the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Malawi team - and the senior side could even get involved.

Dobson added: "The agent said he'd be in touch after the World Cup about getting together in the future.

"He said the senior side may even come over and play our lot. We'd be keen to host them again. It was an interesting experience."

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