South Africa-based Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango has been ruled out for two weeks after sustaining an injury in his team Orlando Pirates draw against Stellenbosch.
The Malawian was substituted at half time on Wednesday in a Premier Soccer League match which ended one-all.
Malawi national team coach Meck Mwase said in an interview yesterday that despite the situation, the player is still in the coach’s plans for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Burkina Faso on November 12 away and November 16 at home.
He said: “He has been given two weeks of rest and I will not have a picture until an assessment is done again. He has been in our plans all along and he is still in our plans for the games.”
The former Nyasa Big Bullets strikers, who was joint top-goal scorer in the PSL with 16 goals, missed the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals.
Orlando Pirates thrashed Kaizer 3-0 to stand a chance of reaching the final to face winners between John Maduka’s Blomfontein Celtic and SuperSport United.
In an interview with News24.com last week, Pirates coach Zosej Zinnbauer confirmed Gabadinho’s injury.
He said: “We have to see what happens with Gaba, he had an injury.”
In an interview with The Daily Times Mhango was quoted as having said he was hoping to return soon.
“I am hoping that it is not serious. I have an appointment with the team doctor, so I will provide an update afterwards,” he said.
Mhango’s injury should be a cause for concern for the Bucaneers as they are still searching for a win from two PSL games. They are on ninth position in the log table of the 16-team league.