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Robin Ngalande could return by monthend

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Malawi National Football Team attacker Robin Ngalande is expected to return to action at the end of the month.

Ngalande injured his left foot in Malawi’s 1-0 win over Uganda in March this year at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Ngalande said he had made remarkable progress in his recovery.

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“It is looking good at the moment. I have been doing some ball work and I am feeling better. I hope to return to full fitness by the end of September,” he said.

Ngalande, who plays his club football with Ethiopia’s Saint George, is hoping to be in shape for the Africa Cup of Nations Cup (Afcon) finals in January next year.

The Flames will be making their third appearance at the continental showpiece after qualifying at the expense of Uganda in March this year.

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Ngalande hailed Football Association of Malawi for helping him on the road to recovery.

Previously, some Flames players such as Maxwell Chirwa and Ishmael Thindwa struggled to access proper treatment despite suffering career-ending injuries while on national team duty.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said it was good that Ngalande had made steady progress on his recovery.

“We need all our top players for the Afcon finals and Ngalande is one of them. This is good news for the Flames,” he added.

Ngalande has never settled at one club since returning from Spain, where he was playing for Atletico Madrid Academy.

The La Liga giants spotted him while playing for Mamelodi Sundowns Academy during a youth tournament in Spain.

The former Civil Service United attacker also played for Ajax Cape Town, Platinum, Bidvest FC and Baroka FC.

Before joining the Ethiopian club, Ngalande was on the books of Azerbaijan side FC Zira.

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