Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Sugzo Nyirenda has cleared the mist surrounding Blue Eagles strikers Christopher John Banda’s Flames snub.
Banda turned down Flames call up against Zimbabwe on May 25 in preparations for World Cup qualifiers against Namibia on June 5 and Kenya June 12, saying he is not fit to play for the team after coming from a long layoff from injury.
But Nyirenda said Fam did not ignore the Blue Eagles player during the period he was injured.
“We are happy that Christopher John Banda has said that he will be after fully recovered from his injury,” Nyirenda said.
“This is good because he has said he will be back but let me say that it’s not true that Fam did not take care of him after the injury.”
“The problem was because he got injured while playing for his team but the team manager and Fam officials made an effort to find out more about the injury to see hoe we could have helped him.”
Banda was quoted in The Daily Times that he was not ready for Flames amid allegations that the player is bitter with Fam’s treatment after he was injured.
The player made headlines after scoring a late equaliser against Nigeria in the World Cup qualier against Flames at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Meanwhile, Flames team manager Charlse Manda said only five players turned up on Sunday as some of the teams were involved in the Super League games on Sunday.
Manda said they were expecting full house by Wednesday morning.
Fam also said Flames assistant coach Patrick Mabedi will arrive in the country by Wednesday while South Africa based professionals are expected to come on Sunday, six days before the Zimbabwe friendly.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :