Malawi national football team coach Meck Mwase has said he will engage embattled striker Khuda Muyaba to determine if he should be involved in forthcoming senior side assignments.
Mwase made the remarks following concerns over Muyaba’s fitness having struggled to break into South Africa’s Premier Soccer League relegated side Polokwane City’s starting line-up.
“I will have to talk to Khuda and see whether he is still in the mood to play football or be rested. I will assess his situation. We know he is one of the good players and every player needs game time,” he said.
Mwase has requested Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to consider sending the senior team into an early camp.
The Flames are due to return to action next month in Cosafa tournament before facing Burkina Faso in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Ouagadougou on November 9 and play the return match on November 17.
In Afcon Malawi are third in Group B with three points after beating South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre but lost 2-0 away to Uganda in the second match. The Cranes of Uganda lead the group with four points at par with Burkina Faso but the latter have a superior goal difference whereas Sudan anchor the group without a point.
Meanwhile, Muyaba reiterated his desire to leave Polokwane having been turned into a fringe player.
Muyaba said he would quit the side as other officials at the team did not want him.
“They are the ones who bought me from Malawi and they choose not to play me. The team didn’t perform well and we have now been relegated. I don’t mind whether the owner will address us following the teams exit from the Premier Soccer League. I am coming back home because we have a lot of problems here,” he said.
The former Moyale Barracks forward also took to facebook to criticise former Flames striker Essau Kanyenda for influencing decision not to feature him.
Muyaba joined Polokwane with high pedigree as the best goal poacher having scored 21 goals to win the 2019 TNM Super League golden boot award. It was the first time a striker had scored more than 20 goals in a league in domestic football after Aggrey Kanyenda netted 25 goals while playing for Be Forward Wanderers.
Expectations were high among Polokwane fans after Muyaba joined the club from Silver Strikers in January this year. Although work permit, delayed his debut the striker only featured once as substitute this season.
Interestingly, Muyaba’s compatriot Chembezi Denis was a regular for Polokwane despite joining the side at almost the same period.
Football analyst Higger Mkandawire blamed Muyaba for his outburst fearing that it will return to haunt him some day.
“We expect the player to have a manager he needs to be guided,” he said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.