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Simplex Nthala joins Flames camp

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Mozambique-based goaltender, Simplex Nthala, has joined Flames camp upon recommendation by Flames coach Ernest Mtawali.

The Maxaquene player is in the country for a wedding ceremony of a relative, but Mtawali has given him the nod to join the squad upon the ‘keeper’s request to keep fit.

“He came on Wednesday to ask me if I could allow him to be training with his other friends because he wants to keep himself in shape for action. If he performs, then I may consider selecting him for the Tanzania games,” Mtawali explained.

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The former Be Forward Wanderers first-choice goal-minder missed a Flames call-up for the Swaziland match earlier this month because he was not cleared in case in which he is accused of assaulting a referee in Mozambique.

However, he breathed a sigh of relief after Mozambican authorities cleared him to resume playing in cup games only while serving a one-year league ban.

Mtawali said Nthala will have to be at his best to earn a place in the squad to face Tanzania on October 7 2015 in a Fifa World Cup preliminary round, first leg game.

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“He is a good goalkeeper with vast experience, but then he will have to compete for the place because other goalkeepers such as Richard Chipuwa have also provided good options,” Mtawali added.

Nthala, in his fifth year since trekking to Mozambique, used to be Flames reliable ‘goalie’ under coaches former coaches Kinnah Phiri and Steve Constantine, but his national team career was thrown into turmoil in 2013 when some blunders cost the Flames a game against Angola during 2013 Cosafa Cup in Zambia, then under Belgian tactician, Tom Santfiet.

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