Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase can now include talented attacker Robin Ngalande in his plans for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals slated for Cameroon.
Ngalande, who injured his left foot in Malawi’s 1-0 win over Uganda during Afcon qualifiers in March this year at Kamuzu Stadium, has started light training ahead of another scan.
“I am now ok as I am able to run. I train with Dedza Young Soccer everyday. I am always in touch with my doctor and coach [Mwase] as well as officials at Fam.
“The expectation was to return within seven months and I am within the expected time-frame. I stand a very good chance of playing at the Afcon finals and also part of the remaining World Cup qualifiers,” he said.
However, Kamuzu College of Health Sciences physiotherapist Thom Kaledzera insisted that Ngalande needed another scan despite the player showing significant healing progress.
“It is only then that we will map the way forward. We don’t want to rush him but he is making good progress,” he said.
Ngalande plays his club football at Ethiopia’s Saint George.
The Flames will be making their third appearance at the continental showpiece after qualifying at the expense of Uganda in March this year.
Malawi were drawn in Group B alongside Zimbabwe, Senegal and Guinea.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.