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Meck Mwase

All is set for Malawi national football team players to commence training at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre after no Covid positive cases were reported.

The Flames are preparing to face South Sudan away and Uganda at home in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

Football Association of Malawi Covid Taskforce Chairperson Chimango Munthali said all is well with the players and officials in camp.

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“We are just making sure that everyone is safe in camp. We do not want to take chances with the safety of our players and officials. The plan was that we conduct another round of testing after the first one.

“After the first test, the players went back home and interacted with the society before reporting for camp. So we had to conduct another test for the players’ own safety, as well as that of members of the technical panel. We might also conduct another test in the next two weeks,” Munthali said.

Flames Coach Meck Mwase has hailed the association for ensuring that camping takes place in a Covid free environment.

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“This is good news, not only to us, but the entire country as we are preparing our players for the two games. The priority will be to help them regain their fitness levels after almost a month of being idle following the suspension of games. Having a home-based squad that is certified free from coronavirus is a welcome development,” Mwase said.

Three of the players called into camp tested positive on Monday following the initial test that took place in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba last week.

Malawi are third in Group B of the qualifiers with five points while Burkina Faso lead with nine points.

Uganda lie in second position with eight points while South Sudan are bottom after amassing four points. The four teams have played four games each.

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