Almost a week after inspiring the Malawi National Football Team to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals, four foreign-land based Flames players are stuck in the country following flight hitches.
Moldova-based duo of Peter Banda and Charles Petro, Georgia-based attacker Francisco Madinga and injured Robin Ngalande, who plays in Ethiopia, failed to leave the country on Saturday.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary (GS) Alfred Gunda confirmed that the four players missed their flight.
“The problem is that there is only one flight and it came earlier than scheduled and it also left earlier, which led to travelers, including the players, missing the flight,” he said.
Gunda said the quartet is set to leave the country today.
However, the Fam GS said the four will not face repercussions at their respective clubs as the association had engaged the teams.
“We have explained to the clubs about the situation and they understand,” he said.
Banda confirmed missing the flight but said everything was under control.
The four played a crucial role when the Flames defeated Uganda 1-0 to book a ticket at next year’s Afcon finals slated for Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Banda, who plays for Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova, was a constant threat when the Flames defeated the Cranes.
His Sheriff teammate, Petro, was also solid in defence after partnering captain Limbikani Mzava while Ngalande, who plays for Saint George in Ethiopia, was also lively early in the first half before sustaining an injury.
The stylish attacker created space and released full-back Stanley Sanudi, who then crossed the ball for striker Richard Mbulu to score the lone crucial goal.
On the other hand, Madinga, who plays for Dila Gori in Georgia, was also outstanding after replacing injured Ngalande