Coronavirus worries Flames foreign legion


South Africa-based Malawi national football players have expressed worry over the increase of coronavirus cases in that country.

Currently, the Rainbow Nation has registered over 100 cases of coronavirus, a development that has forced authorities to suspend all sporting activities.

Malawi has about nine players plying their trade in South Africa and the recent development is enough to cause anxiety among the players, families and followers.


Highlands Park defender Limbikani Mzava has described the situation as tense, adding that the club had started sending players for coronavirus tests as one way of controlling its spread.

The former Golden Arrows pillar also said players have been advised not to report for training until the situation is controlled.

“We are living in fear here with growing cases of coronavirus cases. We are just indoors as we have been warned not to go to public gatherings. The situation is not okay but we are trying our best to do whatever we can to avoid this,” Mzava said.


On his part, Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango said he was also following precautionary measures to ensure that he is not in danger of being affected.

“As I am talking to you, some parts of the country have closed shops and we don’t know what will be the next step. We are just waiting for our bosses to tell us what will be the next move,” Mhango said.

Baroka FC duo Gerald Phiri Jnr and Richard Mbulu also raised fears over the outbreak.

Meanwhile, up-and-coming Flames defender, Charles Petro, who plies his trade in Moldova with Sherrif FC, confirmed that they are not reporting for duties due to the same disease.

“We were supposed to start league matches last week but we were told that the season will start in future due to the same problem. We are just staying here,” Petro said.

On Friday, Caf suspended all 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were scheduled for this month-end as a safety measure against the spread of the pandemic.

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