It didn’t rain but poured for the Flames who were involved in a road accident Monday afternoon on their way to Blantyre after jetting in from Nigeria through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe earlier on.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions officer Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed the accident saying it occurred at Chimbiya Trading Centre in Dedza at around 3.30pm.
However, the FAM official said there were no serious casualties.
“Some players and officials have suffered minor injuries and they are currently on transit to Blantyre and will go for through examination upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital,” said Zakazaka.
According to The Nation findings, the driver of the Malawi National Council of Sports minibus they were travelling in, lost control of the vehicle and it went on to hit the pavement pillars.
“And as a result of the impact, the passengers hit the chairs, notably Chimango Kayira who hit his head against the back of the seat while Douglas [Chirambo] and team doctor [Levison Mwale] injured their chests,” said an official.
Kayira said he had severe headache as a result of the accident.
“I am in pain, but we have all received first aid attention. We have now passed Dedza heading towards Blantyre,” said Kayira.
FAM hired a coachline to ferry the group to Blantyre as the Council bus they were travelling in could not proceed in the state it was.
The Flames were booted out of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after going down 2-0 to Nigeria’s Super Eagles.