Zimbabwe jets in for Flames encounter

By Duncan Kaonga

All the doubts have been cleared up as Zimbabwe football team arrived in the country on Saturday afternoon in Blantyre ahead of a friendly match against Malawi at the Mpira village Stadium in Blantyre.

This will be the Flames’s second friendly match in a space of 3 days after going down to neighbors Zambia by a goal to nill in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Confirming the development, Football Association of Malawi(FAM) Director of competitions and Media, Gomezgani Zakazaka said the Zimbabwe team is in and is lodging at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre.

“We would like to confirm that Zimbabwe national football team now is finally here in Blantyre, they flew in on a chartered plane, initially they were supposed to travel by road on Friday but they did not get a green light from their government to use a bus they were advised to fly in and that’s why they had to look for a chartered plane which they finally secured on Friday evening and made arrangements to travel today,” Said Zakazaka

Zakazaka also pointed out that the match will be played without spectators as per the Malawi government protocols in as far as measures on preventing Covid-19 are concerned but FAM has made arrangements that Malawians should follow the game.

“In ensuring that all Malawians follow the proceedings behind closed doors at the Mpira stadium the match will be beamed live on Mibawa Television, FAM Facebook page, Times radio and Ndirande FM,” he said.

The Flames had their last training on Saturday afternoon in preparation to make amends for the loss against Zambia and head coach Meck Mwase is expected to give each player a run in preparation for the matches against Burkina Faso in the African cup of Nations qualifiers in November.

Zimbabwe like the Flames have equally a strong squad as Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba, Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs and George Chigova have all made the squad.

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