Malawi national team coach Meke Mwase is worried over the fitness levels of his talisman Gabadihno Mhango after the striker pulled a groin before Orlando Pirates’s clash against Stellenbosch last week.
Mhango also missed the big Soweto Derby 3-0 win in the MTN 8 first leg against rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking to Nyasa Times the coach expressed concern about the striker’s situation towards the AFCON 2022 qualifiers double-header against Burkina Faso on the 12th and 18th of November.
“We are praying he gets a clean bill of health to play for the national team,” he said.
Although a medical report came back from Orlando Pirates saying that the 28-year-old will be ruled out for two weeks the coach still hopes that the attacker makes an early come back as he is still part of his plans for the two important upcoming games.
“I won’t have a full picture until an assessment by the national team medical team is done on him,” concluded Mwese.
Mhango has been the main man upfront for Orlando Pirates in the past season scoring 16 league goals for the ‘Sea Robbers’ and finishing as a joint top goal scorer in the Absa Premier Soccer League for the 2019/20 season.
Malawi started their 2022 qualification campaign with a home 1-0 win against South Sudan before a 2-0 away defeat against the ‘Cranes’ of Uganda a few days later.
A win against Burkina Faso will put Malawi in pole position to having their own destiny in their hands with group leaders Uganda tied on 4 points with Burkina Faso while Malawi sits on 3 points from the first two games.
In the other group Uganda take on group whipping boys South Sudan who have lost both of their opening games in the group.
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