Marinica back, all Flames players test COVID negative

Malawi Flames

The Malawi national football team have received a boost ahead of their final Group B match against Senegal on Tuesday following the negative outcome of the COVID-19 tests for head of technical panel, Mario Marinica and all 28 players.

The Romanian has missed two games Malawi has played against Guinea and Zimbabwe after testing COVID-19 positive twice.

Coach Meck Mwase was then in charge of the two matches which Malawi lost 1-0, and won 2-1. 

On Sunday, the team went for a new PCR test as a requirement from CAF 48 hours before the game. 

Scored a brace for the Flames: Mhango

This means Marinica will no longer watch the match from the Television in his room where he has been in isolation. 

He has since asked the players to maintain the fighting spirit and the hunger for goals that they showed during the Zimbabwe match.

Meanwhile, the Flames will miss the services of captain Limbikani Mzava.

Mzava was injured during the Zimbabwe match in the first half, and was replaced by debutant Lawrence Chaziya.

Doctors are yet to confirm what looks like a hamstring injury. 

Limbikani Mzava
Still injured: Mzava

COVID-19 affected the Flames as they had to run with a depleted squad in their first game against Guinea.

Most of the key players, including Gabadinho Mhango, who scored a brace during the Zimbabwe match, were not available for selection after testing positive.

The Senegal match is the last chance for the Malawi side, which lie third on the group B table with three points, one behind Guinea and Senegal.