At a time when Malawians thought the country would have stiff competition in goal keeping position during the forthcoming national football team training with news circulating that only international goalkeeper Simplex Nthala could be available for selection for the national team engagements because his suspension was for local competitions, it has emerged that not all is well with the former Wanderers goalkeeper.
Nthala has a civil case to answer in the foreign land and that his two year ban which was later reduced to one year is for any competitive game and that the game he featured in last week was not an indication that he is a free man. It was rather a mini tournament.
As it is, apart from being starved of game time due to the ban, Nthala has to fight for a lawsuit in Mozambique civil court for an assault case on Referee Antonio Munguambe.
The Flames goal minder and his teammate, Aurthur Muianga was allegedly to have assaulted Referee Munguambe during a Mocambola game against Desportivo in July this year and was slashed with a two year ban which was later reduced to one year after an appeal by his club.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has indicated that it is aware of the development and that it is following with keen interest.
FAM is through Coaches Ernest Mtawali and Nswazirimo Ramadhan, expected to release names of players that would go in to camp Monday in preparation for the forthcoming WC qualifying matches against Tanzania on October 7 and 11 2015 in dare r Salam and Blantyre, respectively.
If Nthala, who went into the international scene from Wanderers in the year 2011, had no case to answer, prospects of being picked for the camping were high as the goal keeping position lacks vast experience of his caliber.
Nthala and Miuanga are said to have assaulted the Referee for allowing a goal which the two claimed was scored using a hand.
The Mozambique FA disciplined the Referee with a three months ban. His is back in action after winding up his ban last month.
The fate of Nthala has affected the Flames as he is one of the highly rated goalkeepers the country has produced in recent years and offered stiff competition for the national team selection.