Lifeline: All Flames players cleared of COVID-19

  • Marinica still positive 

Malawi national football team coach, Meck Mwase will have himself to blame for the outcome of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Zimbabwe on Friday as he has all options at his disposal following the COVID-19 negative results of all 28 players.

The team went for a fresh test on Wednesday ahead of their second match against the Warriors.

This means that all the 28 players are available for selection for the match.

Head of delegation, Tiya Somba Banda expressed delight with the outcome saying that is a big boost to the Flames.

”We would like to thank our medical team for their effort and dedication in taking care of the team. We now have a full squad and look forward to Thursday’s training which will bring together the whole squad for the first time.

All fit: Flames players

“It’s a timely boost so that we have all the players available for the Zimbabwe game which is a must win for us to remain in contention for a place in the knock-out stages," he said. 

The Flames had 15 players only for their first game against Guinea on Monday which they lost 1-0 as six players tested positive for COVID-19 while two others were still in Saudi Arabia.

This forced FAM to bring in five players who were on the reserve list to boost the squad as Mwase had only four players on the bench.

Meanwhile, Mwase will still be in charge of the game as Head of the Technical Panel, Mario Marinica tested COVID-19 positive again. 

Marinica also tested positive in the first test that left Mwase in charge of the Guinea match. 

Other officials, like goalkeepers trainer Swadick Sanudi, and Physiotherapist Chikondi Mandalasi have been cleared.