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Stanley Sanudi returns home

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Clement Kafwafwa

Flames and Mighty Wanderers defender Stanley Sanudi returned home Sunday from Cotonou, Benin, after he tested negative for coronavirus.

Sanudi did not travel with the rest of the teammates after he tested positive for coronavirus soon after Malawi’s 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.

However, Sanudi, who spent three days in quarantine, was cleared to travel on Friday, Flames Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa confirmed that Sanudi alongside Team Doctor Gift Ligomeka, who remained with the player to observe the situation, flew out of Cotonou on Saturday.

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“The last time I spoke to them, they were in Ethiopia enroute to Malawi. He tested negative on Friday,” Kafwafwa said.

Sanudi played in both matches against Ivory Coast as Flames lost 3-0 at Orlando Stadium before a 2-1 loss at Mathieu Kerekou in Benin.

The defeats ended Flames’ dream in the World Cup qualifiers.

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However, Sanudi was not available for comment yesterday.

In a separate interview yesterday, Flames coach Meck Mwase was excited that Sanudi had finally been cleared to travel.

“It is great news for all of us. We thank God for making it possible,” Mwase said.

Ivory Coast lead Group D with 10 points from four matches, just one point above Cameroon. The Flames are third in the group whereas Mozambique anchor the group with just one point.

It is a two-horse race between Ivory Coast and Cameroon heading into the final two matches of the group. Interestingly, Ivory Coast and Cameroon will meet in the last match of the qualifiers.

The Flames will also face Cameroon and Mozambique in the remaining two matches.

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