20 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:35 AM
Mtawali’s rejected stones given lifeline
The Flames coach earlier this week included Micium Mhone and Robert Ng’ambi in his 27-man preliminary squad for the Flames’ formality 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland on September 3 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Ng’ambi was dropped after he criticised the former Flames mentor for leaving him on the bench in Malawi’s Afcon qualifier match against Swaziland that was played in September and ended in a 2 all draw.
Whereas Mhone and the then Flames coach Mtawali had a rift when Mhone refused a handshake with Muhamad Sulumba after he was substituted by his coach during Malawi’s 3-nil defeat to Zimbabwe in the Group L 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier match which was played in June this year.
Soon after the game, Mhone wasted no time by taking to his Facebook wall where he vented his anger on the Mtawali led technical panel. This did not go well with Mtawali who immediately dropped the former Blue Eagles winger from his squad for the Cosafa tourney which was played in June this year.
Despite Mtawali justifying reason’s for dropping Malawi’s high profile football figures like Ng’ambi and Mhone, Malawians kept on questioning his decisions since the two were some of the most experienced players left for the Flames and it was their experience that could have helped the team advance to next year’s African Cup of Nations.
It is without doubt that Mhone and Ng’ambi were indeed the rejected stones during the time of the axed Flames mentor Ernest Mtawali but Flames caretaker mentor Ramadan has seen gold worth digging in them that’s why he has recalled them to be part of his team to face Swaziland next month.
Speaking to the media about the return of Mhone to the Flames squad, Ramadhan said the Flames needs the services of the former Blue Eagles midfielder most that is why he has recalled him to help the team.
HERES THE SQUAD AND TEAMS OF THE PLAYERS
-Enerst Kakhobwe- Nyasa Big Bullets
-Richard Chipuwa- Be Forward Wanderers
-Charles Swini- HB Songo (Mozambique)
-Miracle Gabeya- Nyasa Big Bullets
-Yamikani Fodya- Nyasa Big Bullets
-Stainley Sanudi0- Be Forward Wanderers
-Harry Nyirenda- Be Forward Wanderers
-Francis Mlimbika- Be Forward Wanderers
-Limbikani Mzava- Golden Arrows (South Africa)
-Steve Chagoma- Blue Eagles
-Lucky Malata- Silver Strikers
-Chikoti Chirwa-Red Lions
-Rafick Namwera- Be Forward Wanderers
-Chimango Kayira- Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
-Robert Ngambi- Platinum Stars (South Africa)
-Micium Mhone- Jomo Cosmos (South Africa)
-John Banda- Ferraiviaro de Nampula (Mozambique)
-Thuso Paipi- Silver Strikers
-Matthews Sibale- Silver Strikers
-Gerald Phiri- Bidvest Wits (South Africa)
-Dalitso Sailesi – Nyasa Big Bullets
-Gilbert Chirwa- Blue Eagles
-Maxwell Salambula- Blue Eagles
-Peter Wadabwa- Be Forward Wanderers
-Gabadinho Mhango- Bidvest Wits (South Africa)
-Gastin Simkonda- Moyale Barracks
-Chiukepo Msowoya- Nyasa Big Bullets