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Flames Mozambique trio fail to return to base

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Three prominent Malawian players have failed to return to their club in Mozambique due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The players are Malawi national football team stand-in captain John ‘CJ’ Banda and his brother Frank, and former Blue Eagles goal poacher Schumacher Kuwali.

The three play for top Mocambola side UD Songo.

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The players were supposed to return on Monday after being released some three weeks ago after the neighbouring country confirmed several Covid-19 cases.

‘CJ’ said Songo officials advised them not to travel until they were told to do so.

The former Blue Eagles attacker said the club has given them training programs for the next three weeks to help them maintain their fitness levels.

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“Initially, the coach gave us a three-week training programme that ended last Sunday. According to a conversation with the coach and other officials on the club’s WhatsApp forum, the Covid-19 situation in Mozambique is not clear so we were asked to remain here until we are told to start off,” ‘CJ’ said.

He said they had been training together since returning but said things could change because of Malawi’s 21-day lockdown due to start on Saturday.

“We have been training together since our return, but it will be difficult for us to continue doing so considering that we will be going into a lockdown. We just have to look into ways of continuing the training sessions individually,” ‘CJ’ said.

The Mocambola League runners-up signed ‘CJ’ last season while Kuwali is one of the clubs new signings.

On-and-off Flames left footed attacker Frank is one of the longest serving Malawian players at the club which is set to use his services for the fourth year.

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