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Limbikani Mzava wishes Flames well

By Williams Gondwa:

South Africa-based Malawi national football team Captain Limbikani Mzava has extended best wishes to the team as it begins preparations for the dead rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe next week Friday.

Mzava has been left out alongside experienced players such as Charles Swini, Chiukepo Msowoya, Robert Ng’ambi, Frank Banda, Robin Ngalande, Yamikani Fodya, Gastin Simkonda and Richard Mbulu.

This is the third successive time for Mzava to be omitted from the Flames squad.

Mzava said he has accepted his omission and understands that every deserving Malawian player has the right to earn a call-up to the team.

“I respect the decision made by the coaches. I have been captain from the junior teams all the way to the senior team and I have to be proud. The national team is for everyone. I know I still have time to play for the Flames but, for now, I would leave things as they are,” Mzava said.

The former Escom United defender said he believed that his colleagues would continue from where they stopped during the 0-0 home game against Cameroon and avoid losing.

“I wish the team all the best against Morocco. I have no doubt that the team will give Malawians something to smile about,” he said.

Flames assistant Coach, Peter Mponda, said the aim of dropping the senior players was to give a chance to upcoming players.

“As I said earlier, we are not abandoning them. We just want to focus on featuring a youthful squad for the Morocco game and see what happens. But the seasoned players remain part of the national team,” Mponda said.

Malawi are fourth in Group B of the qualifiers, with four points after winning just one game.

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