Reports from South Africa at the underway COSAFA Castle Cup say Malawi national football team defender Ian Chinyama has undergone an operation after picking an end injury as the Flames were playing against Mauritius on Tuesday.
Chinyamba, who started the match, was stretched off the pitch following a collusion with a Mauritius striker and was replaced with regular left back Fransis Mlimbika who, along side Lucky Malata and Yamikani Chester, were dropped out of starting eleven during the second game.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Wednesday wrote that the defender had “been admitted at Fern Crest Hospital in Rustenburg after suffering three fractures in the face”.
The Malawi FA added that “scans” at the hospital “revealed he” had “three fractures around the right eye”.
According to the team manager James Sangala, the Premier Bet Wizards was recommended for operation which he underwent on Wednesday at the same hospital in South Africa.
Former Jomo Cosmos midfielder Mecium Mhone has also been ruled out for Malawi’s group stages last match against Angola.
The Flames have a single point at the bottom of their group having lost to north neighbours Tanzania and drawing with Mauritius.
As it stands, the Malawi boys need a miracle to turn the tables in order to proceed to quarter finals of the competition but will also need Mauritius to beat Tanzania.