Malawi national football team vice captain, John Banda will not be available for the international friendly match against Tanzania on Sunday.
The Flames will travel to Dar es Salaam on Friday for the friendly match ahead of international engagements including the World Cup qualifiers.
The team’s coach, Meck Mwase named a 29-member squad including Banda, who was scheduled to arrive in the country on Wednesday.
However, according to a statement by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), the Mozambique-based midfielder requested the coach through his club to be allowed to be kept for the team’s league assignment this weekend.
Mwase has accepted the request.
The Flames have ben in camp for two weeks preparing for the Tanzania friendly with local players, while other foreign-based players started joining last week.
In the course of the training, Mwase also called Scotland-based Malawian defender Kieran Ngwenya.
Goalkeeper: Brighton Munthali, Enerst Kakhobwe, William Thole
Defenders: Limbikani Mzava, Charles Petro, Stanley Sanudi, Peter Cholopi, Precious Sambani, Nickson Nyasulu, Paul Ndhlovu, Denis Chembezi.
Midfielders: Chimwemwe Idana, Chimango Kaira, Chikoti Chirwa, Rafiq Namwera, Taonga Chimodzi, Yamikani Chester, Francisco Madinga, Gerald Phiri Jnr, Peter Banda.
Strikers: Vincent Nyangulu, Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu, Khuda Muyaba.