By Staff Writer:
The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has recalled five players to join the national team in Cameroon after several players and technical team members were found Covid-19 positive.
Those who have been recalled are Brighton Munthali, Paul Ndlobvu, Dan Chimbalanga, Gerald Phiri and Stain Dave.
Innitialy, Phiri has announced his retirement in international football after he was left out from the main squad, he however rescinded his decision.
“FAM wishes to notify the general public that it has called five players that were on the reserve list to join the team in Cameroon for the Total Energies AFCON 2022. The players are Brighton Munthali, Paul Ndlobvu, Dan Chimbalanga, Gerald Phiri and Stain Dave. The players will leave their respective bases on Monday and are expected to arrive in Cameroon on Tuesday.
“FAM has recalled the players as a measure to boost the Flames squad which has been hit by COVID-19 as six players tested positive in Cameroon while two others were delayed in Saudi Arabia as a result of being in isolation.
“The recall of the five players comes after CAF clarified on Sunday that participating teams will be allowed to use 28 players for matches at the tournament. The official number of players to be registered for the competition is 23 but CAF allowed participating teams to register five more players at their own cost.
“Initially CAF had indicated that only 23 players in the final squad will be eligible to take part in the competition while the other extra five, that were registered at the discretion of participating teams, will be on reserve and would only be replaced in case of serious injury. CAF specified that the injury had to be certified through MRI Scan by the CAF Medical Committee and COVID-19 was not regarded as a serious injury.
“It is against this background that Malawi just like other participating countries like Zimbabwe and Ethiopia went to Cameroun with squads of 23 players.
“With increased cases of COVID-19 being experienced at the Total Energies AFCON 2022 in Cameroun, the rule has been relaxed to ensure all 28 are available for selection hence the decision to beef the Flames squad with the reserve players,” reads part of the statement by FAM