In a dramatic twist of events, Football Association of Malawi has announced that strikers Chiukepo Msowoya and Victor Nyirenda have been ruled out of next monthâ€™s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualification first round against Ghanaâ€™s Black Stars.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri has since recalled South Africa-based forward Jimmy Zakazaka as their replacement.
FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development Wednesday afternoon.
â€œWe had anticipated that Chiukepo and Victor would join the squad, but due to other unforeseen circumstances, it appears they wonâ€™t make it,â€ said Nyirenda.
Chiukepo is reported to be finalising the process of terminating his contract with top South African club Orlando Pirates.
Zakazaka, who finished as last seasonâ€™s second top scorer in the South African National First Division (NFD) was the notable surprise exclusion on Kinnahâ€™s initial list of foreign-based players for the Ghana game.
Other notable names that have been left out include veterans Esau Kanyenda and Russell Mwafulirwa as well as Mozambique-based Zico Mkanda.
Tawonga Chimodzi has also not been included.