By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national football team’s preparations for the African Nations Championship (Chan) second leg qualifier against eSwatini have suffered a setback after three players withdrew from training due to injuries they sustained over the weekend.
Be Forward Wanderers skipper Alfred Manyozo Junior, who pulled his hamstring during his teams’ 1-3 loss to Blue Eagles in a TNM Super League match on Sunday, has been ruled out alongside Nyasa Big Bullets’ Patrick Phiri and Peter Banda.
Flames caretaker Coach, Meke Mwase, said the injury of the trio was a setback but he has replacements. Phiri and Manyozo featured in the away match in eSwatini.
“In football, we expect such things to happen. They all got injured while playing for their clubs. We hope to contain the situation because we have a lot of good players,” he said.
Mwase said he had recalled Silver Strikers winger Duncan Nyoni as the team wants to address its woes in the wings.
“At first, we called Raphael Phiri of Civil [Sporting Club] but he withdrew as he feels he isn’t fit for national team duties. We have given a chance to Nyoni to show us what he is capable of doing. Even though we have a team in place, it is not automatic that Nyoni or the rest of the players will play,” he said.
The first leg between eSwatini and Malawi ended goalless at Mavuso Sports Centre last month. Only a win would see the Flames through to the next round.
Mwase is leading a coaching panel comprising Bob Mpinganjira and Lovemore Fazili, having replaced Ronny van Geneudgen whose contract expired in April.
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