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Mwase stays in touch with foreign-based players

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Distance is not a barrier, so they say. If foreign-based Malawi national football team players thought that they would elude the attention of Coach Meck Mwase and his backroom staff because they are thousands of kilometres away from home, they better think again.

The Flames coaching panel is not leaving any stone unturned in monitoring the foreign legion in a bid to ensure their fitness during the Covid-19 break.

Mwase said they are taking the monitoring seriously to ensure that all players are in good shape upon lifting of the ban on games.

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Mwase has since given the players his working Programme and frequently talk to them.

“I am currently working from home after seeking advice from senior officials at Football Association of Malawi. They advised me to continue with my operations while at home. My assistants are also playing their part,” he said.

Mwase said he was in touch with Moldova-based defender Charles Petro, attacker Gerald Phiri who plies his trade in South Africa and Mozambique-based Flames stand-in captain John ‘CJ’ Banda.

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The former TN Stars mentor said he keeps reminding the players that they would return to the pitch after the suspension of games is lifted.

“I continue to work from home and everything is going according to plan. I managed to talk to Petro on Wednesday to find out how things are in Moldova. My concern is that he has not played any competitive match since his switch from Nyasa Big Bullets.

“I also had time to talk to Gerald [of Baroka] and asked him to encourage his fellow South Africa-based players that Covid-19 would be defeated and that they would return to action. I have also given the players my working program through our Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa who is frequently talking to them,” Mwase said.

He then commended TNM Super League clubs for ensuring that their players are strictly following their training programmes from home.

“Possibilities are that we could play against Burkina Faso two weeks after lifting of the Covid-19 game suspension. My guess is that if we go back to the pitch in June, we will need at least three weeks to prepare thoroughly. So the task ahead of us is quite enormous,” Mwase said.

Phiri Jnr confirmed linking up with Mwase and passing on the words of encouragement to his fellow South Africa-based stars.

“It felt great talking to the coach. We shared what we need to do besides continuing with our club training programmes. I have passed on the message to my fellow national team players here in South Africa. We have to be hopeful of returning to the pitch after the Covid-19 suspension,” he said.

Malawi were scheduled to face Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou late last month in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier before Confederation of African Football suspended all games.

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