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Nomads in injury crisis

Be Forward Wanderers head into Saturday’s TNM Super League second-round game against rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, at Kamuzu Stadium without eight key players due to injuries.

Defenders Foster Namwera, Kondwani Lufeyo, Harry Nyirenda, strikers Jimmy Zakazaka, Peter Wadabwa and Jaffalie Chande are sidelined through injuries.

Wadabwa, Nyirenda and Chande got injured last week in Dwangwa where the Nomads lost 2-1 to Mafco and drew 0-0 against Dwangwa United.

Promising defender Boston Kabango is ill. Exciting winger, Isaac Kaliati, is also injured.

But Nomads Assistant Coach, Elijah Kananji, has refused to press the panic button, saying they have replacements.

Meanwhile, Wanderers are puzzled by the whereabouts of utility midfielder, Rafik Mussa, who has been absconding training for two months.

The club’s General Secretary, Mike Butao, confirmed yesterday that they have reported the issue to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), seeking guidance.

“We don’t know what happened to him because it has been two months now without him reporting for training. He still has a running contract with us until November next year,” Butao said.

Recently, Wanderers’ Nigerian striker, Amos Bello, also stopped training for some weeks.

Bello has since returned to the club and is likely to face disciplinary action for misconduct.

Wanderers have probably one of the best squads but they are failing to hit the ground running in the TNM Super League.

In the other camp, Bullets are also likely to miss the services of Mike Mkwate and Ernest Kakhobwe through injuries. The rivals drew 1-1 in the first round Blantyre derby.

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