Malawi national football team is in for Rwanda for an international friendly against the hosts in Kigali on August 14 without Mozambique based players.
The game will be used to prepare for next month World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
Three players that were called for the international friendly have failed to travel with the squad.
Captain Joseph Kamwendo has failed to travel with the team as he is processing his work permit.
According to a letter his team sent to Football Association of Malawi, Kamwendo’s work permit expired and he has to process one and his passport is with the Mozambique immigration office.
Kamwendo’s contract with Malcumana was renewed in June and needs a new work permit as his initial one expired on July 31.
Kamwendo‘s team Liga Malculmana is also playing a game on Sunday August 11 and Kamwendo as per Fifa rules is supposed to play in that game and travel for Flames duty later.
However, the player has said he will be available for the Nigeria game next month.
Another Mozambique based player defender Foster Namwela is also processing his work permit and will not make it to Rwanda.
Striker Chiukepo Msowoyo got injured in Saturday game and has also been ruled out of the qualifier as well.
Meanwhile, as Malawi is playing Rwanda, Nigeria will be sorting it out with South Africa in Nelson Mandela Challenge.
But the Super Eagles will also miss some of their key players.
New Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo have dropped out of the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
Emenike who just joined Fenerbahce has asked to be left out in order to acclimatise at his new club. The striker last played for Nigeria in the semi final match of the Africa Cup of Nations.
On his part, Omeruo, who had a pulled shoulder during the Confederations Cup game between Nigeria and Spain, is said to have had a relapse and has been ordered by his club doctors at Chelsea for a proper and permanent solution. Omeruo had been on loan at Dutch side Addo Den Haag.
South Africa coach, Gordon Igesund, has also agreed to Orlando Pirates’ request to withdraw their players from the Bafana Bafana squad.
The club made the appeal after six of its players – Senzo Meyiwa, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Thabo Matlaba and Daine Klate – were called up for national duty in a match that will be played three days before their CAF Champions League fixture against Zamalek.
National team media officer, Ben Alaiya quoted the team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor, as saying that Emenike opted out of the encounter in other to quickly settle down at his new club.