The Malawi National football team continues to face injury setbacks as it intensify preparations for the second leg of the 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier match against Eswatini on Saturday at the Kamuzu Stadium.
The Flames camping was disbanded on Wednesday 2nd May for players to be with their clubs for last weekends assignment, only to regroup on Monday 6th May without midfielder Alfred Manyozo and strikers Patrick Phiri and Peter Banda who got injured while with their clubs.
Worse still on Wednesday , two defenders Peter Cholopi and Denis Chembezi were released from camp after realizing that they can not recover from knocks they suffered while playing for their club Be Forward Wanderers.
Team manager for the Flames, James Sangala confirmed the players have been ruled out for the Saturday game.
“As we resumed this week’s training on Monday after we released the players to play for their clubs over the weekend, Alfred Manyozo did not return to camp as he suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Be Forward Wanderers and Peter Banda got a knock on Saturday when he made his debut for Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club while Peter Banda did not start training with us last week as he was nursing an injury.”
“This afternoon we have also released two defenders Peter Cholopi and Denis Chembezi as they had knocks over the weekend which we though they will easily recover from but it seems tough for the boys that they will have to be ruled out for the Saturday game “, Sangala said.
Sangala further said that the players that will be available for selection should be able to fight on the day.
“Every one that was called into camp was seen to have the potential to play for the national team and that some players have injuries the remaining players should be able to play on the day putting in mind that we want nothing but a win “said Sangala.