Football association of Malawi (FAM) has released eleven Big Bullets FC players who were with the National team “Flames” to enable them prepare clubs assignments, including next week’s CAF Champions League Preliminary second-leg against FC Platinum in Zimbabwe.
The development follows a request by Bullets management during a meeting they had with FAM on Monday.
James Sangala the Flames manager said the players were released yesterday afternoon and are expected to rejoin the squad upon the Peoples Teams return from Bulawayo next week.
“The rest of the players will remain with us until tomorrow [today] when they will also be released to join their respective clubs before regrouping on Sunday,” he said.
The team contributed the highest number of players to the national team which regrouped on Sunday in preparation for the 2022 World Cup preliminary qualifiers against Botswana’s Zebras.
Albert Chigoga administration director of the team said on Monday that apart from their trip to Dwangwa, Nkotakota this week where they will Dwangwa United in a TNM Super League match, they also have to be cautious about their next time Champions League assignment against FC Platinum.
“It is a tight situation for us and the only appropriate time for us to release the players would be after the return leg against Platinum next week. Otherwise, as it is, the coach needs to have a full-strength squad as the team has to leave for Dwangwa on Thursday. We also do not want to risk injuries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sangala has said out of the 33 players that were called into camp, four failed to show up due to injuries.
They are Duncan Nyoni, Trevor Kalema, Hadji Wali all from Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers’ Dennis Chembezi.
Nevertheless, Coach Meke Mwase said training has started on a good note. “We have asked the players to be committed and disciplined because they are here for a national cause and the World Cup is the biggest football tournament,” he said.