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Dropped Richard Chipuwa not bitter

Dropped Malawi national football team goalkeeper, Richard Chipuwa, says he will fight to reclaim the Flames number one jersey.

The Be Forward Wanderers shot-stopper was left out of the Flames squad set to face Tanzania in a 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier at Benjamin Nkapa National Stadium on Wednesday.

Chipuwa had a grand game against Big Bullets, but he could not prevent his side from losing 1-0 in a TNM Super League second round match at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

“I am not bitter and I want the team to do well in Tanzania, so that we should advance. Such things happen in football and the best way to overcome critics is through superb displays,” the former Zomba United ‘keeper said after the game.

Chipuwa was at his best against Bullets and he made some crucial saves. Notably, he twice denied Bullets midfielder Jelesi Lufeyo from long range drives.

Flames coach Ernest Mtawali opted for Mozambique-based goalkeeper, Simplex Nthala, and youngster, Brighton Munthali, from Fisd Wizards.

“One that is obvious is that no one is guaranteed a starting place. Richard is still a national team player and a good goalkeeper,” Mtawali insisted.

“However, we selected Nthala because he did well during the seven days he has been with us in camp.”

The coach also backed the inclusion of Munthali, arguing that he was being groomed.

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