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Elusive game-time for Flames stars

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Gabadinho Mhango

Flames coach Meck Mwase has said he is concerned that majority of his trusted foreign-based players are lacking game time at their respective clubs.

His concerns come just two months before the kick-off of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals slated for January 6 to February 6 2022 in Cameroon.

The majority of Flames players have been reduced to bench-warmers due to performances and discipline-related issues.

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Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango, AmaZulu defender Limbikani Mzava and Baroka FC duo of Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu have struggled for game time in DStv Premiership this season.

That is not all; blossoming forward Peter Banda and midfielder Duncan Nyoni are also having similar problems at Tanzanian giants Simba Sports Club.

Tiraspol Sheriff defender Charles Petro and Francisco Madinga of Dira Goli FC are on and off. Only striker Khuda Muyaba and John Banda are enjoying game-time at Polokwane City in the GladAfrica Championship and UD Songo in Mozambique, respectively.

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In an interview yesterday, Mwase said he was equally concerned.

“This is worrisome. I am planning to engage their respective teams to appreciate what is exactly happening to the players. We need to have all the players in good shape ahead of the Afcon finals,” Mwase said.

Mhango has not featured for Pirates for about a month now.

Additionally, no Malawian has scored goal in the DStv Premiership this season.

Meanwhile, Polokwane defender Dennis Chembezi has started training.

The Flames will host Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers at Orlando Stadium on November 11 before facing Mozambique a week later.

Sports analyst George Kaudza- Masina said some of the local players lacked a fighting spirit.

“The players themselves are to blame. It seems some of them have been sitting on their laurels. They should work hard and fight for places,” Kaudza-Masina said.

The Flames were drawn in Group B of Afcon finals alongside Senegal, Guinea and Zimbabwe.

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