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Flames can’t hear Limbikani Mzava

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By Williams Gondwa:

Malawi national football team Captain Limbikani Mzava’s availability for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros Islands is doubtful due to lack of updates on his perceived injury.

Mzava missed back-to-back Group B games against Cameroon in Yaoundé and at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre due to an alleged ankle injury he suffered at his South African club Golden Arrows.

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Flames assistant Coach, Peter Mponda, Tuesday said Mzava had not communicated to the coaches on whether he had recovered.

“We are looking at the situation of our Captain because, when we were going to Cameroon, he sent an apology that he would not make it. We are yet to find out from him if he has really fully recovered.

“It [his availability] is still tricky as we are still assessing foreign-based players. Other players are not playing at their clubs but their past performance was good,” Mponda said.

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The development comes when striker Gabadinho Mhango and midfielder John Banda have been ruled out as they are serving suspensions after accumulating two yellow cards each.

“We are looking at a situation whereby we would not have Gabadihno and Banda, so the only available foreign-based players are Jabulani Linje [Yokohama FC, Japan], Frank Banda and Charles Swini [Songo, Mozambique],” Mponda said.

Despite excusing himself, Mzava has been featuring in every game for Arrows, including in a 1-1 draw against Supersport United last weekend.

The Flames are on third position of Group B of the qualifiers with four points from four games.

Cameroon lead the group with eight points from four games and if the hosts finish top, the second best team will qualify for the finals next year.

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