Reports emerging from Flames camp indicates that two out of the four individuals that tested Covid-19 positive nearly a fortnight ago, have rejoined the National Football team after being cleared off the pandemic.
However, Flames goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda and unidentified Mpira Village Hotel member of staff remain in isolation if the outcome of the second Covid-19 results are anything to go by.
FAM Communication Director Gomegzani said in press statement issued on Monday afternoon, that last weekend Flames defender Hadji Wali and Goalkeeper trainer Swadick Sanudi resumed camping after being cleared of COVID-19 during a second test done last week.
“The two were among the four people, who tested positive during the initial tests done three weeks ago on Flames players and backroom staff as well as Mpira Village support staff as a COVID-19 precautionary measures before the team started camping,” the statement said.
Initially, FAM had concealed the identities of the Flames Players and Officials when it recorded the first Covid-19 cases in Flames camp, citing privacy as the main reason for not revealing the names to the general public.
“Wali,Sanudi and Chiyenda, who willingly disclosed their status, thanked their clubs and FAM on how they handled their situations and by providing counsellors who guided them during the seclusion period”, the statement added.
The statement has quoted, as saying: “I would like to thank My family, FAM and My club Silver Strikers who were checking on me quite regularly and that helped my recovery process”.
And Sanudi said: “I would like to thank everyone who was by my side. It was so difficult for me when I got the news but FAM and Bullets supported me a lot. COVID-19 is real but beatable if you follow all the protocols and measures as advised by medical experts.”
Meanwhile. Rabson Chiyenda has told FAM that: “It has been tough but I am working hard to beat this. I am home and in isolation waiting for another test.
“I would like to thank everybody who is supporting me and I am encouraged by results from my colleagues who also had tested positive in the first place”. I am a fighter and with the measurers I am following I will overcome.”
The move by the trio to disclose their Covid-19 status quo has excited FAM COVID-19 Task Force Chairperson Chimango Munthali.
” I applaud the three for coming out to disclose their status because their testimonies will give the general public confidence in so far as the FA’s fight against the pandemic is concerned.
On Monday last week, the Malawi Men’s Senior National Team commenced camp training in preparation for the forthcoming international assignments which includes COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.