Angola-based defender James Sangala on Monday joined Flames camp ahead of next weekâ€™s 2013 Afcon qualifier against Ghana.
The Benfica de Luanda player is home for a holiday as the Angola Girabola league is on a break.
Sangala could not be reached for comment, but Flames coach Kinnah Phiri said his arrival is vital for the teamâ€™s preparations.
“It is good that he is here in good time so that he can try combinations with other central defenders considering that his partner in the last three Flames games [Foster Namwela] will not be available for the match,” said Kinnah.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said it will release the official travelling scheduled of the Flames on Thursday.
The team was supposed to leave on Sunday for Ghana via Liberia, but that will change because of the Presidential Cup finals.
The finals were supposed to be played last weekend in Blantyre, but were postponed and shifted to Civo Stadium this Sunday due to security concerns at Kamuzu Stadium.
The other foreign-based players will join the team in Liberia.