FAM has released 11 Nyasa Big Bullets players who were with the Flames to enable them prepare for club assignments, including next week’s CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg against FC Platinum in Zimbabwe.
This follows a request by Bullets management during a meeting they had with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Monday.
Flames team manager James Sangala said the players were released yesterday afternoon and are expected to rejoin the squad upon the People’s Team’s return from Bulawayo next week.
“The rest of the players will remain with us until tomorrow [today] when they will also be released to join their respective clubs before regrouping on Sunday,” he said.
Bullets contributed the highest number of players to the national team which regrouped on Sunday in preparation for the 2022 World Cup preliminary qualifiers against Botswana’s Zebras.
They have ushered in 11 of the 33 players, representing a third of the squad.
On Monday Bullets administration director Albert Chigoga said apart from their trip to Dwangwa, Nkhotakota this week where they will face Dwangwa United in a TNM Super League match, they also have to be cautious about their next Champions League assignment against FC Platinum.
“It is a tight situation for us and the only appropriate time for us to release the players would be after the return leg against Platinum next week.
“Otherwise, as it is, the coach needs to have a full-strength squad as the team has to leave for Dwangwa on Thursday. We also do not want to risk injuries,” he said
Meanwhile, Sangala has said out of the 33 players that were called into camp, four failed to show up due to injuries.
They are Duncan Nyoni, Trevor Kalema, Hadji Wali all from Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers’ Dennis Chembezi.
Nevertheless, coach Meke Mwase said training has started on a good note. “We have asked the players to be committed and disciplined because they are here for a national cause and the World Cup is the biggest football tournament,” he said.