Malawi national football team has been dealt a big blow with the injury of striker Atusaye Nyondo and defender Lucky Malata ahead of the team’s Africa Cup of Nations of qualifier against Mali on November 15.
Atusaye’s South Africa top league side Supersport United have informed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) that the player had not fully recovered to be available for the two assignments despite the player’s insistence to play.
“I just resumed full scale-training on Tuesday and I am optimistic about being fit for the Mali game. I thank my club for all the care and attention,” Nyondo said.
Malata, who sustained a shoulder injury is also a out of the picture for the Mali game.
“I have not started even light training because I am still undergoing treatment,” Malata said.
Sangala, the Flames veteran defender, who doubles as Welfare Officer for FAM, will also not be available for the games.
He however said Mozambique based professional Zicco Mkanda has been recalled alongside Flames Captian Joseph Kamwendo, while Chiukepo Msowoya has been dropped.
Other foreign based players recalled are defenders Limbikani Mzava and Harry Nyirenda, midfielders Robert Ng’ambi, Chimango Kayira and strikers Robin Ngalande and Robert Ng’ambi.
The development comes in the wake of the Flames uncertainty to play the game with Minister of Sports Youth and Culture Grace Chiumia painting a rosy picture that the games are on.