Mwase keeps fingers crossed on injuries

Malawi Flames

The Malawi national football team coach Meck Mwase hopes the players should return without injuries from their respective club assignments to continue preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda.

The Flames will host Sudan on November 13 at Kamuzu Stadium before flying to Uganda for another match four days later.

Meanwhile, Mwase has released the local players from camp for the weekend’s club assignments.

“All the players are in top form and we hope they come back injury free. They have impressed in our training sessions that we have had. Hoping to continue from where we stopped when we regroup,” he said.

Some players are expected to return on Saturday evening based on their club’s fixtures.

Five foreign-based players including captain John Banda who plays in Mozambique, Richard Mbulu, Gabadinho Mhango, Gerald Phiri junior from South Africa and Robin Ngalande from Aziberjan are set to join others next week.

United States of America (USA)-based Yamikani Chester is already in the country and joined the local based players in camp on Monday.

Team manager James Sangala said they are working on Chester’s fitness after spending some days without training.

“He has been since last week when he returned for an off-season break. He is doing well in training and by the next week he should be fit enough.

Meanwhile Sangala said they are not replacing the injured players that were released from camp earlier this week.

Mzuni’s Luckson Sangano, Kamuzu Barracks’ Bonage Lweya and Be Forward Wanderers’ Felix Zulu were released after doctor’s assessment revealed they had some injuries on their return from last weekend’s club assignments.

Charles Petro, Dennis Chembezi and Precious Sambani failed to report for camp due to injury woes.