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Matthews Sibale ruled out

Silver Strikers striker, Matthews Sibale, is the only player missing in the 32-member Flames’ squad that is training in Blantyre ahead of a practice match against China Select in Lilongwe on January 28.

Flames’ Team Manager, Peter Mponda, on Wednesday confirmed that Sibale received late communication about his call-up.

“He travelled to his home in Tanzania, and since time is not on our side, we will no longer accommodate him,” Mponda said.

“We have started assessing them [the players] through some fitness training and they look promising. Our coach, Gerald Phiri, proposed a very good squad capable of delivering.”

Silver ’s interim General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, earlier said he failed to contact Sibale in time.

“We released the players and asked them to come back on February 1. I think Sibale might have gone to Tanzania to see his parents. But we are trying everything possible to ensure that he gets the communication. We plead with the coaches to be a bit patient,” Nyirenda said before the door was shut on the player.

The Flames will host China select team as part of the official opening of the Chinese Government-built Bingu National Stadium.

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