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Chimango Kayira not bitter

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Mozambique-based midfield maestro, Chimango Kayira, says there are no hard feelings with Flames coach, Ernest Mtawali, who has excluded him from a provisional squad.

Kayira, together with South Africa-based midfielder, Robert Ng’ambi, were dropped from the squad to face Zimbabwe in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier and Cosafa Cup next month.

“I have set a brilliant record. I think nobody managed to play for the Flames for five years without missing a single game, being benched or substituted,” the Costa do Sol midfielder said yesterday.

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Mtawali was quoted by Monday’s edition of The Nation newspaper that he had nothing against the senior players.

“I know some people might think I am against senior players but that is not the case. Robert has done fairly well for his club. Chimango is also a good player,” he was quoted by the paper.

However, Ng’ambi, who plays for Platinum Stars, has reserved his comment.

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In the squad, Mtawali has included Mafco’s Stein Malata and Paul Phiri. The coach has also recalled Gerald Phiri Jnr of Bidvest Wits, who has spent eight month without playing active football at his South African club.

Phiri’s last competitive game was at the 2015 Cecafa Cup in Ethiopia in December.

Flames travel by road to Zimbabwe for the Group L qualifier on June 4 before proceeding to Namibia for the Cosafa Cup which starts on June 11.

The 2015 Cosafa Plate Division holders face Angola, Lesotho and Mauritius at the Cosafa Cup.

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