John â€˜CJâ€™ Banda has said his recent injury has given him a salutary reminder that FAM hardly cares for Flames players that have fallen on hard times.
The Nation had on Monday contacted Banda, until recently viewed as the Flamesâ€™ new saviour, for the progress of his recent knee injury he received while playing for Blue Eagles.
â€œI am not demanding much, save for FAM to show that it cares. Just a call and a â€˜helloâ€™ would mean much to a patient.
â€œThe realisation that I am only valued when fit is haunting me. It has affected me,â€ explained Banda whose right leg is in a plaster of Paris (PoP).
The right-winger with a knack for scoring has since featuring for the Flames on July 6â€™s Independence Celebrations game, missed assignments in Liberia and Ghana.
â€œI got injured at club level, yes, but [it still hurts] nobody from FAM has asked me about my health. It is only the Flames team manager [Stuart Mbolembole] that I have, at least, talked to since that injury,â€ he said.
Nonetheless, Banda is hoping to recover in time for the second leg, second round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying round.
â€œI know fitness will be a problem but I am ready to die for my country. I am getting better. The PoP will be removed on Monday,â€ he said.
Another forgotten Flames member Panganeni Ndovi on Tuesday said nobody from the Flames coaching panel, let alone FAM has bothered to contact him.
He is recovering from a knee injury he received while playing for Silver Strikers last November.
â€œI am used to this. You tend to feel like a hoe that a farmer only needs when [it is time for farming]. Even at my club, it is [only] the chairperson who has bothered to know my progress,â€ the defender said.
Big Bullets midfielder James Chilapondwa said the problems could not be with FAM, but a few inexperienced officials, adding: â€œIn Tanzania, the FA pays for the treatment of players even when they get injured with their clubs.â€
FAM technical director and Flames technical adviser Jack Chamangwana on Tuesday pushed responsibility of monitoring injured players to Flamesâ€™ doctor Matthews Mangondo, whom he claimed, provides the association with updates.