Be Forward Forward Wanderers have suffered a major setback ahead of the new season after forward Ishmael Thindwa joined the growing injury list.
Wanderers’ other strikers, Peter Wadabwa, Jabulani Linje and Amos Bello, are also injured.
The gangling forward (Thindwa) was stretchered off after 15 minutes during the Malawi National Football Team’s 1-0 loss to Madagascar at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Thindwa might be out of action for a month, effectively missing this Saturday’s TNM Super League opener against holders Kamuzu Barracks.
Nomads General Secretary, Mike Butao, admitted that the injury of Thindwa was a big blow.
“Thindwa has been in top form in pre-season games and we were hoping to rely on him in the opening games of the season. But we have other strikers who will fill his void,” Butao said.
He hoped that Football Association of Malawi (Fam) would fast-track Thindwa’s treatment because he sustained the injury while playing for the Flames.
Last week, Butao hinted that Wanderers might sign a back-up striker (a free agent).
Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the policy is clear that the association would take full responsibility.
“All Flames players are insured when they get injured while playing for the team. So Thindwa will get the required treatment,” Gunda said yesterday.
Wadabwa and Bello might be out for three weeks whereas Jafali Chande, Jabulani Linje and Precious Msosa have resumed training. Wanderers, other strikers are Jimmy Zakazaka and Khumbo Ng’ambi.
The Flames Doctor, Levison Mwale, said Thindwa is expected to see a doctor at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre today.
The Nomads Team Doctor, Samuel Matukuta, downplayed the injuries, saying the players will return to action soon.
“As of now it is Amos Bello and Thindwa that are on a serious injury list, but Wadabwa and Linje are getting better. By Wednesday, I will give our coach a report if he can use Wadabwa and Linje on Saturday when we face Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday,” Matukuta said.
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