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Robin Ngalande back for rehabilitation

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Ethiopia-based Malawi National Football Team attacker Robin Ngalande has returned into the country to undergo a four-week rehabilitation exercise at the Kamuzu College of Health Sciences, formerly called College of Medicine.

Ngalande sustained a fracture on his left foot when the Flames defeated Uganda 1-0 to qualify for 2020 Africa Cup of Nations finals slated for Cameroon next year.

Both Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda and the St George player confirmed the development in separate interviews.

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Gunda said they were hoping for a quick recovery ahead of international games including World Cup qualifiers and Afcon finals.

“We had to bring him back home following the recommendation from the doctors that he continues his physiotherapy. We arrived at this decision considering his future as a player and also his importance to the team. We still need him in future games,” Gunda said.

Ngalande said his rehabilitation was going according to plans, saying the future looks bright.

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“I am having three sessions every week. I will be here for the next four weeks. We have started with ultra sound and massages and then I will go into light training. I am grateful to Fam who are taking care of my expenses and special mention to my physical trainer Thom Kaledzera, who is equally doing a great job,” he said.

The former Atletico Madrid and Mamelodi Sundowns youth player sustained the injury as he tried to make a back pass under the challenge of a Ugandan player.

Meanwhile, the Flames regrouped Monday to start preparations for a friendly against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars slated for June 13 at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

Ironically, midfielder Peter Banda, who ruled himself out of the Tanzania friendly, has made a surprise return to the national team.

Banda had excused himself from the squad as he wanted to concentrate on contract extension discussions with his club Sheriff Tiraspol.

Flames coach Meck Mwase confirmed the development, saying Banda would be available for the Tanzania friendly.

Mwase also revealed that Mighty Wanderers midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda has been called into camp to replace Francisco Madinga, who is unavailable.

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