Nine players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic wrecked with Malawi’s plans for the upcoming COSAFA Cup to be held in South Africa.
Assistant Coach, Bob Mpinganjira, goalkeeper Brighton Munthali, midfielder Chikondi Kamanga, striker Stain Dave, defender Gomezgani Chirwa, Yamikani Chester, Peter Cholopi, Anthony Mfune, Blue Eagles, Gaddie Chirwa and Paul Ndlobvu have tested positive, making them big doubts to travel to South Africa.
Head Coach Meke Mwase is yet to be cleared by the health authorities after after also testing positive a couple of weeks ago. The national team’s other assistant coach, Lovemore Falizi is in charge of training after returning from quarantine.
“We will be following up with all the positive cases to see who will recover in time for the trip to COSAFA. It is a big blow but we will have to work with the players that are available and no new players will be called into camp,” Football Association of Zambia Communications Director, Zamazgani Zakazaka said about the big setback for The Flames.
The 2021 COSAFA Cup is due to kick off on the 6th of July in Gqeberha, South Africa.