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Covid-19 fears grip Flames

Senior side regroups today

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George Kaudza Masina

Malawi national football team coach Meck Mwase has his fingers crossed on the outcome of Covid-19 test results as reports suggest that some players have tested positive.

The Flames are expected to regroup today at Mpira Village in Blantyre in preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Burkina Faso in November this year.

In readiness for the camp all the national team players went for Covid-19 test last week.

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The results were released on Saturday and reports indicate that some players were confirmed positive to Covid-19 raising fears that they might be required to undergo self-isolation before linking up with their teammates.

Inside sources confided that some players tested positive to Covid-19 but could not give the exact number of the players and their identities.

“Some were found positive but they will also be tested before going in camp as a requirement,” said the source.

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomegzani Zakazaka refused to comment on the matter. Fam’s Special Task Force on Covid-19 chairperson Chimango Munthali said he had no information on the test results.

Fam outlined strict conditions for the Flames camping including testing of players and technical staff and disinfecting Mpira Village premises.

Upon arrival at Mpira Village, the players will also be re-tested.

The players will not be allowed sharing rooms and visit public places while in camp.

Mwase named a strong squad ahead of the Afcon campaign which included local and foreign based stars. The foreign-based stars will join the squad later.

Local football analyst George Kaudza-Masina said the chances were high that some might test positive.

“The way the players have been behaving like playing social football, we might have one or two cases. But we hope all the players will test negative,” Kaudza-Masina said.

The Flames are third in group B of the Afcon qualifiers with three points from two games. Malawi defeated South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium but lost 2-0 to Uganda in the second game of the campaign.

Uganda lead the group with four points alongside Burkina Faso’s The Stallions whereas S. Sudan anchor the group without a point.

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