South Africa-based Flames stars itch for PSL return


Malawi national football team stars plying their trade in South Africa have spoken of their desire to return to the pitch and wrap up the 2019/2020 season.

Football is expected to return in the Rainbow Nation with the government due to announce when teams can resume training sessions.

That country’s two big leagues, Premier Soccer League and National First Division, were suspended in March due to the Covid 19 pandemic.


Last week, South Africa’s Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said he would hold a press briefing this week to state when teams could resume training.

Flames defender Limbikani Mzava and attacker Gerald Phiri Jnr said they expect a return to training next week.

Mzava, who plays for Highlands Park, said the sports minister was scheduled to announce dates for training resumption Wednesday.


“We are yet to resume our training sessions and we are just waiting the announcement from the government. I am more than ready to return to the pitch. I have missed football and I will continue to work on my fitness so that I am ready for games,” Mzava said.

Phiri Jnr, who plays for Baroka FC alongside Richard Mbulu, said he was also looking forward to resumption of action.

“We are just waiting to hear from responsible officials as to when we will return to the pitch. It is the wish of every player here to return to action. Football has to return. We are eagerly waiting for the go-ahead so that we can go back to the passion of our lives,” Phiri Jnr said.

Other Malawians playing in South Africa are Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango, the Polokwane City duo of Denis Chembezi and Khuda Muyaba, Black Leopards veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi and TS Sporting attacker Chawanangwa Kaonga.

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