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Chiukepo Msowoya to miss Wanderers’ FDH Bank opener

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Mighty Mukuru Wanderers will be without veteran striker Chiukepo Msowoya for their FDH Bank Cup round-of-32 match against Kamuzu Barracks Reserve at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Saturday.

Msowoya suffered a hamstring injury while on national duty in Durban, South Africa, on Sunday during Malawi National Football Team’s 2-0 win over Mauritius at Moses Mabidha Stadium in a Cosafa Group B assignment.

The former Orlando Pirates and Nyasa Big Bullets striker said he has been advised by the Flames medical team to rest for the next two weeks.

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“I wish I could have been part of my team in our first match of the FDH Bank Cup campaign this weekend but, unfortunately, this won’t be possible as I have been given a two-week break. However, I will be with the team during the match for moral support. This is a must-win game for us and I have no doubt that my teammates will do the job,” Msowoya said.

Wanderers Assistant Coach Joseph Kamwendo described the development as a setback in their quest to surmount their first hurdle in the cup campaign.

“I am yet to meet him but playing without our top striker in our first cup match this season is a setback. But we have a team that is ready to start the campaign on a high note with a win.

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“All in all, we will miss Chiukepo but this will be an opportunity for some of our players to show us what they are capable of doing. We have trained well in the course of the week and we will not make the mistake of underrating Kamuzu Barracks Reserve,” Kamwendo said.

Other Wanderers players who returned with the Flames from South Africa on Wednesday are defender Stanley Sanudi and attacker Yamikani Chester.

The Nomads were booted out of last year’s edition of the cup in the semifinals following a 3-0 loss to Silver Strikers at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Silver eventually won the cup after beating Ekwendeni Hammers 2-0 at the same venue.

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