Be Forward Wanderers striker, Ishmael Thindwa, is in Nigeria seeking divine intervention on his prolonged knee injury after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) failed to send him for further treatment outside the country.
Thindwa got injured in April last year while playing for the Flames but required further treatment outside the country after a successful operation at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre.
Thindwa was seen on Emmanuel TV during last Sunday’s live service. The television station is owned by popular Nigerian prophet, TB Joshua.
The player’s Manager, Roy Mdechi, confirmed the development.
“We started the process four months ago and he is in Nigeria. We expect him to be back home on Wednesday and we hope he might resume training soon. We tried all avenues to get him assisted but to no avail,” Mdechi said.
Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said Thindwa asked for two to three weeks off to concentrate on personal issues.
“We cannot confirm that he is in Nigeria but he asked permission for two weeks to sort out other issues. As a club, we sanction his off days,” Butao said.
Thindwa got injured while playing for the Flames against Madagascar in the second leg of the African Nations Championship at Bingu National Stadium in April last year.
Since then, the striker has been out of action and last played a game for Wanderers when he scored in the 2-0 victory over Kamuzu Barracks in last season’s Big Four Bonanza at the same venue.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said there are discussions going on pertaining to the matter and that the public would be communicated to on the outcome.
Thindwa’s issue has been a bone of contention between Wanderers and Fam after the club wrote the association last month, asking for a refund of about K3.6 million which the club spent on the striker’s monthly wages throughout his injury period.
But Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, earlier told The Daily Times that arrangements to fly Thindwa to India for treatment were almost done.
Thindwa was a prolific striker on the domestic scene before he moved to Zimbabwe to play for Caps United.
At Caps, he struggled for game time due to injuries. At the peak of his career, Thindwa won the TNM Super League Golden Boot Award twice in three seasons while playing for Lilongwe-based Epac FC.
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