Francis ‘FM 7’ Mlimbika has handed coach Elijah Kananji another headache – by suffering a groin injury as he became the latest player to join Mighty Be Forward Wanderers’ walking wounded.
The influentialleft back has withdrawn from the Saturday’s TNM Super League encounter which Wanderers face Airborne Rangers at Kalulu Stadium in Chikwawa in desperate bid to slash TNM Super League leaders’ Big Bullets’ tally to two points.
And the defender is also now a doubt when Nomads face Red Lions and Moyale Barracks before the end of the first round.
Mlimbika told Nyasa Times on Friday that he had picked up a “groin injury” and “mild groin” pain in training last week.
“Even though I played during a Carlsberg Cup game against Max Bullets, I was still in pain. I hope I will be available for the Moyale and Red Lions games because my doctor has advised me to rest for a week. If there will be no change then I will have another bed rest,” said Mlimbika, who is also out for the Flames game against Uganda on Monday.
This injury gives the Nomads coach Kananji further reason to curse injuries, having been without chief striker Jabulani Linje during Max Bullets game initially due to injury suffered during Big Bullets match.
But any significant absence for Mlimbika may force Kananji to seek the services of Ted Sumani .
The injury is the latest blow during a difficult season for Mlimbika, who had been recalled to the Flames squad by new care taker coach Ernest Mtawali.
Wanderers are also having on the injury list predator Victor Mpinganjira and the availability of Wanderers striker Muhamad Sulumba, and winger Isaac Kaliyati is doubtful for the game due to their Flames’ involvement.
Airborne Rangers coach Kondwani Gawani said he has near-full strength battalion.
Placed second on 21 points from 11 games, five points adrift of rivals Bullets, the Nomads are desperate for a first league title since 2006.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :