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Francisco Madinga reduced to side show

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Malawi national football team upcoming attacker, Francisco Madinga, is finding the going tough at his Georgian side FC Dila Gori where he has not featured in two consecutive games.

Madinga started his European career on a high after signing from Be Forward Wanderers by opening his scoring account with a beauty before the Covid-19 break.

However, after playing two matches before the Covid-19 break, his Coach Giorgi Dekanosidze, kept him on the bench when Dila drew 1-1 against Samtredia on June 27.

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Dekanosidze also sidelined the youngster during a 2-0 victory over Chikhura on Saturday.

Madinga described the development as a setback but was quick to point out that he still had time to prove himself.

“Being on the bench does not necessarily mean that I am not good enough. My understanding of the situation is that the coach made that decision for tactical reasons.

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“I am not worried because I know that every coach has a game plan. I just need to continue working hard. I know that I have a lot of time to show him what I can do, so I am not worried,” he said.

Dila Gori are third in the Erovnuli Liga with eight points from four matches.

Meanwhile, Flames center back Charles Petro was in action when his Moldova side FK Sherriff Tiraspol beat Speranţa Nisporeni 2-0 on Friday to start the 2020 league campaign on a high.

Petro, who was impressive during Sherrif’s 2-1 Moldova Cup win over Petroclub on Friday, played the entire 90 minutes.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets defender said he was happy to start the league campaign with a win.

“I am very happy that I was in action, helping my club to collect full points. I am settling down very well and things are adding up. However, I am not relaxing because I know why I am here,” Petro said.

The victory took Sherrif to third on the table with three points.

In South Africa, Malawian players Gabadinho Mhango, Limbikani Mzava, Gerald Phiri Jnr, Robert Ng’ambi, Richard Mbulu and Chawanangwa Kaonga are expected to return to training after South Africa Football Association announced that the government had given the green light.

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