Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday face Mlatho Mponera at Civo Stadium. The club provides the latest information on the team and list of injured players ahead of the TNM Super League fixture away in Lilongwe.
Following a morning training session at Kamuzu Stadium, head coach Kalisto Pasuwa and his team arrived in the capital city Thursday evening with a 20-member squad at his disposal for Saturday’s encounter.
Peter Banda and Patrick Phiri, who did not travel with the Malawi senior national team to Lesotho for an international friendly match last weekend due to knocks they picked during the Blantyre derby against BE Forward Wanderers, are fit and available for selection against the Mponera team.
Defender Miracle Gabeya and left midfielder Righteous Banda, who have been out for a while due to injuries are also part of the squad in Lilongwe.
However, Pasuwa will not have Mike Mkwate, Pilirani Zonda, McPharlen Mgwira, Dalitso Sailesi and Bright Munthali, who are out due to injuries, apart from skipper John Lanjesi who underwent a knee operation.
The Bullets captain underwent a successful knee surgery at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre last week Thursday and is expected to be out for at least another six months. Lanjesi had a damaged anterior cruciate ligament he sustained during our 3-0 win over Mlatho Mponera in the TNM Super League first-round at Kamuzu Stadium in July.
The central midfielder has been ruled out for two weeks due to a crack on his foot, which he sustained during training on Monday, just a day after returning from international duty in Maseru where the Flames drew 0-0 against Lesotho.
The right wingback also picked a knock in
training this week and his knee injury is expected to keep him on the sidelines
for at least a week. The doctors expect him to be back on the pitch as the rest
of the squad resumes training next week.
The left-footed winger-cum-attacker also sustained a knock during training on his knee on Tuesday and will be out for an unspecified period.
The right winger has also been ruled out for an unspecified period due to a knee injury he sustained during training a week ago. Mgwira’s injury comes four weeks after returning from a fractured metatarsal injury that left him out for almost three months.
The striker has a metatarsal fracture on his right foot and is expected to be back in at least three weeks’ time.