Flames left back Moses Chavula will lead the team during Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad in Ndjamena next week Wednesday.
The Malawi national football team will be without captain Peter Mponda, who is nursing an injury, while vice captain Elvis Kafoteka misses the trip as he aspires to sign a contract in Thailand.
Expectations were high that midfielder James Kamwendo, who captained the side during last year's Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, would retain the role.
However, Kinnah, has entrusted the role on the roving left back, because he was the second vice captain.
"Moses has been the second vice captain all along. I have faith in his qualities and I am sure that he will ably handle the task. He is a strong character and can positively influence his colleagues," he said.
The South Africa based professional, who turns out for Amazulu in the Premier Soccer League, is one of the few Malawian professionals enjoying game time.
Kinnah has named 10 professionals in his squad and they include Mozambique based first choice goalkeeper Simplex Nthala, Angola based defender James Sangala, Santos midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi, Black Leopards midfielder Davie Banda, Atusaye Nyondo of Supersport United and Robin Ngalande of Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
Playmaker Robert Ng'ambi misses the trip due to an injury while forwards Russell Mwafulirwa and Esau Kanyenda have been dropped.
Kinnah is today expected to name eight local players to join the professionals on their way to Chad.