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Limbikani Mzava still in Meck Mwase’s plan

TO STRENGTHEN DEFENCE?—MZAVA

Meck Mwase

Malawi national football team head coach Meck Mwase says South Africa based defender Limbikani Mzava is still in his plans for the next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Flames will face Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on November 12 before hosting the Stallions on November 16.

Mwase was optimistic that the centre back would be available for the qualifiers having missed the two friendly matches.

“Basically he [Mzava] excused himself from these two friendlies as he was discussing with clubs in South Africa. He is still part of us. We will talk to him and find out his position but we need to have a strong squad,” he said.

Free agent Mzava is working on a possible contract having been released by Highlands Park which sold its Premier Soccer League status to TS Galaxy.

The former Mighty Tigers and defunct Escom United defender was not part of the squad when the Flames lost to Zambia’s Chipolopolo boys 1-0 at Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka on Thursday. He also missed Malawi’s goalless stalemate with Zimbabwe’s Warriors at Mpira Stadium on Sunday.

Apart from Mzava, Georgia based attacker Francisco Madinga also missed the friendly matches due to Covid-19 threat.

Instead, Mwase called Kenyan based striker Andrew Malisero who played for three minutes of the game against Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, football analyst Kevin Moyo advised Mwase to fine tune the defence when playing away matches and concentrate on attack when at home.

“It was a good idea to play away and at home. I have observed that the team is lacking composure as our strikers failed to utilise clear cut chances,” he said.

Flames will regroup on Friday having been released from camp.

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