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Hassan Kajoke apologises, regrets sneaking out of camp

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Meck Mwase

Prodigal son Hassan Kajoke has apologised to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for sneaking out of Malawi National Football Team camp training at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

Fam suspended Kajoke for returning home without permission on Sunday, in the process breaching Covid-19 prevention measures.

Malawi are preparing to face South Sudan and Uganda in 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

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Kajoke has written Fam, expressing regret over his behaviour.

“It was irresponsible for me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players and the public. In particular, I want to apologise to Flames coach Meck Mwase for letting him down when he had shown great trust in me.

“Playing for the national team was the greatest moment of my life and I am much gutted to have missed the opportunity to again represent my team,” part of the letter reads.

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In the one page document dated March 4 and addressed to Fam’s general secretary, Kajoke extends the apology to the Nyasa Big Bullets family.

“Further, I would like to extend my apology to Nyasa Big Bullets management, technical panel, my fellow players and fans for putting the team into disrepute.

“I promise the national team, the fans and my club Nyasa Big Bullets that this is a lesson I will learn from,” the letter concludes.

However, Mwase said he was not aware of the apology.

Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga said they had a meeting with the player.

“It was a father and child discussion. He indeed regrets what happened,” Chigoga said.

Following the suspension, Kajoke is out of the two Afcon qualifiers.

Malawi will face South Sudan away on March 24 before taking on Uganda five days later at Kamuzu Stadium.

Kajoke was the second top goal scorer in the 2019 TNM Super League with 17 goals, four short of Golden Boot award winner Khuda Muyaba, formerly of Silver Strikers but now with Glad Africa Championship side Polokwane City FC.

In Kajoke’s absence, Mwase has Vincent Nyangulu, Stain Davie and Royal Bokosi as his only strikers in camp.

The trio could be joined by Richard Mbulu and Gabadinho Mhango who have recovered from injuries in South Africa.

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