Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase has received a timely boost ahead of next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda following the return of defender Stanley Sanudi from suspension and striker Gabadinho Mhango’s recovery progress.
Sanudi is back after missing the goalless draw against Burkina Faso in November last year at Kamuzu Stadium after accumulating two yellow cards.
Mhango has been out of action for the past two weeks after being substituted during South African giants Orlando Pirates’ 1-0 Nedbank Cup win against Uthongati.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets star forward scored the only goal of the match.
Mhango, who netted the all-important goal in Malawi’s 1-0 win over South Sudan in the first leg, said he was ready to return to the pitch as soon as physicians declare him fit.
“I am feeling much better and there has been tremendous improvement on the injury. I am doing some work on the pitch to ensure that I remain in good shape. My doctors will give me advice on what happens next,” he said.
Mwase said he was pleased with the news.
“Gabadinho and Stanley are among our key players and we need them for the two games. We surely missed their services during our last game against Burkina Faso. Sanudi is training with us and he is available for selection. I have communicated with Gaba and he is doing well,” he said.
Mhango, who was PSL joint top goal-scorer alongside Namibian Peter Shalulile after scoring 16 goals, has netted just two goals this season.
The Flames travel to Khartoum, Sudan, to face South Sudan on March 23 before hosting Uganda at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre five days later.
Malawi regrouped last week with a Malawi-based squad.