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Meck Mwase back, in isolation

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Joshua Malango

Flames Coach Meck Mwase has been told to observe 14 days of self-quarantine after returning from Holland, one of the countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mwase went to Holland for a two-week internship at Dutch Elite League side FC Utrecht but his trip was cut short due to the outbreak.

The former Flames defender arrived in the country on Monday.

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However, following the government directive on Monday that all travellers from countries mostly affected by coronavirus will be under self-quarantine for a 14 days, Mwase will be followed up by a surveillance team.

The Flames coach said he passed thorough checks in South Africa and Malawi.

“I was tested in South Africa and in Malawi but the good news is that I passed the tests,” Mwase said.

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Mwase, just like all people who travelled to countries like Holland, are expected to be in self-isolation for two weeks.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, said all travellers from the listed countries should be on self-quarantine.

Mwase said despite the coronavirus pandemic he values his recent trip to Holland saying he has garnered a lot of skill to take local football to another level.

“I have learnt a lot during the trip and if we can implement it here, we can take our game to another level. For example, we need to have special people to focus much on analysing opponents using footage. Our colleagues in Europe are more advanced but we can do it if we put much effort,” Mwase said.

Caf also postponed all this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Flames were scheduled to face Burkina Faso at the end of this month.

In Mwase’s absence, the Flames lost 1-0 to Zambia in an international friendly on Thursday last week.

The Flames are third with three points from two games whereas Uganda lead the group with four points from the same number of games at par with Burkina Faso but the Cranes have a better goal-difference. South Sudan anchor the group with no point from two games.

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