John Banda out rest of season: Ngosi to return for Malawi Carlsberg Cup final

Flames and Blue Eagles marksman John Banda, who was set to resume training at his club is likely to miss the rest of the soccer season as he has not fully recovered from the injury he sustained while on national duty earlier this year.

Banda got injured during the Flames’ World Cup first leg group qualifier against Nigeria earlier this year and has been wearing a Plaster of Paris until recently.

There have been reports that the Flames’ goal poacher was set to start training following the removal of the Plaster of Paris but Nyasa Times has established that the striker is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

According to Blue Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona, the striker was due to resume training but has been complaining of pain on his injured leg.

John Banda: Will not play again this season

“He has been feeling some pain on the injured part when running and as a precautionary measurer, we fell he should just rest for the rest of the season,” said Msakakuona in an interview at the weekend.

Msakakuona, however, had some good news for Eagles’ followers as he disclosed that injured striker Charles Ngosi, who has been scoring vital goals for the police outfit is on course to make speedy recovery and  will be fit for the Carlsberg Cup final against Escom United.

Contrary to media reports that Ngosi sustained a fracture, the coach said the player only dislocated his hand and could be fit in time to play in the crucial tie against Escom.

The Carlsberg Cup final has been tentatively scheduled for December 8, 2012 depending on the Flames’ performance at the Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup in Uganda. Should the Flames progress to the final, the Carlsberg final will be shifted to the other week.

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