No Gaba, Mzava and Atu for Malawi lineup: Fodya to join Flames in Benin

A cause for worry to Flames technical panel ahead of their Saturday’s crunch Africa Cup of Nations third round qualifiers match against Benin following Celtic’s refusal to release Gabadihno Mhango and Limbikani Mzava.

Meanwhile, Bullets FC left back Yamikani Fodya will join the Flames in Benin as back up should South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic insist on not releasing defender Mzava, Football Association Malawi (FAM) said.

Celtic refused to release Mzamva and forward Gabadinho Mhango because the Flames away match against Benin is not on Fifa calendar.

Gaba: Out

Gaba: Out

They were earlier released by the club, but it’s Chief Executive Officer, who was away, rescinded the decision.

Forward Atusaye Nyondo will also not be part of the assignment as he is processing new work permit after signing a permanent deal with University of Pretoria.

However, FAM General Secretary Suzyo Nyirenda said they are trying to obtain a travel document for Nyondo since his “passport is at the home office”.

They also missed Tuesday’s international friendly against Uganda, which was part of the preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations third round qualifier against Benin this Sunday.

The international friendly ended in a goalless draw.

The Flames are Wednesday expected to proceed to Benin.

The 12 local based players traveling to Benin are goalkeepers Macdonald Harawa and Richard Chipuwa; Defenders Sankhani Mkandawire, Francis Mlimbika, John Lanjesi and Lucky Malata.

Midfielders are Young Chimodzi Jnr, Ndaziona Chatsalira, John Banda, Philip Masiye and Frank Banda. Gastin Sinkonda is the only local striker in the squad.

The professionals that were called are Nyondo, Gabadinho, Mzava, Robin Ngalande, Chimango Kayira, Joseph Kamwendo and Harry Nyirenda.

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