Silver Strikers head coach Stain Chirwa has blamed injuries to his two key defenders Lucky Malata and Thoko Stambuli to the poor state of the artificial turf at Kamuzu Stadium.
Speaking to Nyasa Times at the club’s training base on Wednesday, Chirwa said both injuries occurred due to the poor state of the turf at Kamuzu Stadium, which he claimed is now worn out.
“Both players did not have any physical contact against Mighty Wanderers’ players. Malata fell awkwardly on the pitch while Stambuli failed to move his leg after clearing the ball. The turf condition greatly contributed to the injuries,” claimed Chirwa.
An expert conversant with the artificial turf confirmed to Nyasa Times that the artificial turf has indeed outlived its life span and could pose a danger to visiting teams not well conversant with the condition of the pitch.
The defending league champions were forced to replace captain Malata and Stambuli during the 2014 TNM Super League opening fixture against Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium but still went on to win 2-0.
Malata has since recovered and has been training with the Flames’ squad which went into camp in Lilongwe on Tuesday ahead of the friendly international against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in Mbeya on May 5, 2014.
However, Stambuli is still sidelined with the injury, awaiting results of a scan that will determine the extent of the injury.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :