Malawi national football team coaching panel has started worrying over the fitness of striker Khuda Muyaba as his search for game time at South Africa Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City continues.
The Flames are expected to return to action in next month during Cosafa Championship and also in November during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Malawi will largely depend on foreign based players to mount serious challenge as the 2020 season is still suspended since March 20 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Muyaba offers option to first choice strikers Frank Gabadinho Mhango and Richard Mbulu.
It is not surprising that the Flames coaching panel is worried over Muyaba’s fitness as he has played for 12 minutes only since joining Polokwane from Silver Strikers.
Flames Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa said they will engage Polokwane to see how best to assist the player who was not on the bench when his side drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
“We know that you need to work hard to earn a starting place in a foreign league. But this is the standard all over the world. It is painful that our striker is not even making the bench. It is our responsibility as his coaches at the national team to find out why he is failing to feature for his club,” he said.
Muyaba last played for Polokwane on March 6 when his side lost to Maritzburg United 1-0.
Before joining Polokwane, the former Moyale Barracks striker won the 2019 TNM Super League golden boot with 21 goals-becoming the first player to score more than 20 goals in a season since 2005.
Polokwane coach Clinton Larsen told this paper last week that the Malawian striker needed more time to adapt to the demands of the PSL football.
Muyaba has had a slow start to his life in the PSL having not featured for his side since the restart of football in the Rainbow Nation.
However his compatriot and teammate Chembezi Denis is a regular for Polokwane.
“Dennis is settling in well and improving with each game. Khuda is working hard but is just taking a little longer to adjust. It did not help that we stopped training for four months, time that he could have used to develop a strong understanding with his new team mates. He will get an opportunity soon because he has been working hard,” Larsen told this paper.
Muyaba’s Polokwane are bottom of the Absa Premiership with 23 points from 28 matches.
Meanwhile, Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango’s chase for the 2020 PSL golden boot award is stalling as he did not score in his teams- Orlando Pirates- 2-1 over Supersport United on Saturday.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker despite failing to score in six games is still PSL’s joint leading scorer together with Highlands Park’s Peter Shalulile having scored 14 goals apiece.
In another development, Flames duo Gerald Phiri jnr and Richard Mbulu came as second half substitutes to help Baroka stun defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 on Sunday.
Veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi squeezed himself in Black Leopards starting lineup but his side still lost 1-0 to AmaZulu on Saturday.
Ng’ambi missed two matches for Leopards as he was nursing a knee injury in the last two weeks.
Flames defender Limbikani Mzava was in action when Highlands Park drew one-all with Maritzburg United on Saturday.