Mzava tests positive for Covid-19

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The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has confirmed that AmaZulu centre back Limbikani Mzava has tested positive for Covid-19 and was not able to join the Malawi national football camp for the upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Burkina Faso. 

Mzava was scheduled to join up with the squad in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday evening on the way to Ouagadougou for Thursday’s clash against the West African side. 

Speaking to Nyasa TV FAM competitions and communication director Gomezani Zakazaka said Mzava underwent the test in line with Covid-19 travel guidelines in South Africa and sent a copy of his test which indicated he was positive to coronavirus. 

He said the player is asymptomatic and that prompted him to go for a second test Monday, however, the new results have not been communicated. “He is very disappointed because he just wants to play for the Malawi national team,” said Zakazaka. 

Mzava is the Flames current squad’s longest-serving member. The centre-back started his career at the now defunct Azam Tigers, but his first South African club, Bloemfontein Celtic signed him in 2011 from defunct TNM Super League outfit Escom United. 

He then spent four seasons at Celtic before a season-long stint with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 2015/16 season. Before signing for Gauteng-based Highlands Park, Mzava had three seasons with Lamontville Golden Arrows between 2016 and 2019.

Malawi first travel away to Burkina Faso and play the first of two games today with the return game to be played four days later back in the Southern African nation.  

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