Flames second vice-captain Moses Chavula continue to endure a frustrating debut season in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Durban-based side Amazulu as he missed a 10th consecutive PSL game for the side on Tuesday.
He failed to make the bench as Amazulu drew 1-1 with Martiziburg.
Since then, he has been relegated to the terraces, as he has also rarely been on the bench.
His last game was on March 25, when Amuzulu beat amateur league side Rose United in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.
He is the worst hit action-drought casualty of all the eight Malawian players registered in the PSL.
While Dave Banda (Black Leopards), Chiukepo Msowoya (Platinum Stars), Peter Mponda and Tawonga Chimodzi (Santos) and Atusaye Nyondo (SuperSport United) have also been on and off of action, the 10 straight game blackout spell for Chavula is the worst for the Flames legion.
Chavula could not be reached for a comment, but close sources claimed that he is not in good terms with Amazulu coach.
“He is not injured, but the coach seems not just to like him. It has reached the extent where he trains and plays games for the reserves most of the times,” said the source.
Chavula told Weekend Nation last month that the situation may affect his confidence ahead of the Flames crucial World Cup and Afcon qualifiers.
Nyondo also missed SuperSportâ€™s 2-1 away defeat to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday. That was three days after missing in his teamâ€™s 2-1 win at Chiefs.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri said he is worried about the lack of game time for his regulars ahead of the crucial June games.
“We have a tight schedule of three games in three weeks. We need players that are in shape. That is why I am also working hard with the local players so that we are not caught off guard when the foreign players fail to live up to the tempo due to inactivity,” he said.