Saintfiet fires 12 Flames players

Flames coach Tom Saintfiet has wielded the guillotine chopping at least 12 players from the Flames squad that will face Rwanda in an international friendly to be played on August 14 in Kigali.
The coach had promised to fire some players after Malawi were booted out of the Cosafa Cup in Zambia last month after losing to Zimbabwe and Angola.
The Belgian has since named a 20-man squad that does not have some 12 players who were in the Cosafa squad.
The squad has goalkeepers Charles Swini and Owen Chaima, defenders; Limbikani Mzava, James Sangala, Moses Chavula, John Lanjesi, Harry Nyirenda, Lucky Malata and Foster Namwela.
Midfielders are Joseph Kamwendo, Micium Mhone, Chimango Kayira, John Banda, Robert Ng’ambi and Peter Wadabwa.
Robin Ngalande, Chiukepo Msowoya, Esau Kanyenda, Gabadinho Mhango and Phillip Masiye are the strikers in the squad.
Players missing from the squad are Bongani Kaipa, Dave Banda, Gastin Simkonda, Jimmy Zakazaka, Frank Banda, Boniface Kaulesi, Ndaziona Chatsalira Fischer Kondowe, George Nyirenda, Young Chimodzi Junior, Douglas Chirambo and goalkeeper Simplex Nthala.
Both Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and Saintfiet refused to disclose which players were left out on disciplinary grounds.
Nyamilandu however said there were serious disciplinary issues on Zambia.
“What happened in Zambia was unacceptable,” he said.
The coach said he was not ready to work with players who lacked discipline.
“We need players that are matured. Matured is not only about age, it’s also about experience and disciplined,” he said.
Some players reportedly sabotaged the coach after it was announced he would get US$10,000 bonus.
Some senior players refused t take penalties in the quarterfinals which Malawi lost to Zimbabwe.

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