Upcoming Flames defender Ian Chinyama will not only miss the last group match for his country against Angola in the last group match at the ongoing Cosafa Castle Cup but also club football for about six weeks.
This follows a three hour surgery the Premier Bet Wizard defender underwent on Wednesday night in South Africa.
Chinyama made his debut for the national team on Tuesday in the second match of the 2017 Group stage match for the Flames against Mauritius.
But he was stretched off in the second half after colliding with a Mauritius striker in an aerial combat as he was trying to make a
clearance and was immediately rushed to Fern Crest Hospital in Rusternburg, South Africa where doctors recommended that he undergo an operation.
Flames Team Manager James Sangala confirmed through Malawi FA Website that the doctors indeed recommended for an operation to fix the three broken bones around his right eye following a scan.
On Thursday Malawi FA through its website again confirmed the news that Chinyama underwent a surgey on Wednesday night and that he is expected to be discharged on Thursday.
Chinyama himself is quoted by Malawi FA website to have been feeling better after the operation.
“I am now feeling better and I would like to thank FAM and all the team members for the support,” Chinyama is quoted as saying.
Flames are yet to win a game and even score a goal at the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup edition currently underway in the rainbow nation of South Africa.
They lost their first group match to Tanzania 2-0 before being forced to a barren draw against Mauritius.
They need to win their last game by more than three goals against Angola to progress to the quarterfinals and pray that Mauritius and
Tanzania settle for a goalless draw.