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Francisco Madinga doubtful for Flames friendlies

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Georgia – based attacker Francisco Madinga is doubtful for Malawi national football team’s forthcoming friendly matches as his agent is reluctant to release him.

The development comes as the Flames were expecting foreign-based players to start arriving Wednesday.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Club Licensing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, said out of all the foreign-based players who were called into camp, Madinga may not join his colleagues soon.

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Jangale said they were working hard to have Madinga report for camp training in good time, with plans to engage his club, FC Dila Gori, directly.

“Basically, what happens is that we write our counterparts in the countries where our players are based to ask clubs to release our players, and I can openly say that we are very happy with the response from associations in other countries where we also have players.

“We are having problems with Madinga because his agent is not willing to allow his player to come due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we are still doing our best to have our player as these are Fifa-sanctioned dates,” Jangale said.

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Jangale said Mozambique-based Flames captain John ‘CJ’ Banda and Schumacher Kuwali were expected to join camp yesterday.

He said attacker Yamikani Chester, who plies his trade in the United States, is set to arrive on Saturday while South Africa-based players are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

“We are pushing for all players based in South Africa to arrive on Friday. We also have Charles Petro in Moldova who has been given the go-ahead to join us. So we expect all our foreign-based players to join camp by October 5. The only exception is Madinga,” Jangale said.

Malawi will play Zambia in Lusaka on October 7 before hosting Zimbabwe on October 11 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

The Flames went into camp hoping to travel to South Africa for this year’s Cosafa Cup but the regional tournament has been postponed as hosts South Africa are yet to get the green light from their government.

This leaves Malawi with November’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to prepare for.

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