The Flames woes ahead of next monthâ€™s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualification round qualifier against Ghana have taken a turn for the worse with the news that another key defender, Limbikani Mzava, is also suspended from the match.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri confirmed the development, describing it as a major setback as he will also be without sweeper James Sangala who was shown the red card in last weekendâ€™s encounter in Accra.
According to Kinnah, Mzava will not be eligible for the match having picked a second yellow card against Ghana.
â€œHe was shown the first yellow card when we played Chad. This is a major setback because it means two key defenders are out. However, the solace is that we will be welcoming back Foster Namwera who has completed his yellow card suspension,â€ said Kinnah.
Already, the Flames are without captain Peter â€˜Mjojoâ€™ Mponda who is recovering from a recurring knee injury.
Meanwhile, Kinnah has announced that he has proposed that the team should regroup on September 23 in preparation for the return leg against Ghana.
â€œI am planning to have a meeting with the FAM president [Walter Nyamilandu] to propose that we should play an international friendly match against Mali as part of the preparations for the Ghana game since Mali will also be taking on Botswana,â€ he said.