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Malawi: Scotland-Based Defender Return to Flames Duty

Scotland-based defender Kieran Ngwenya is set for Flames return after being included in the provisional squad for a two-week training camp in Saudi Arabia in preparation for back-to-back 2023 AFCON qualifying matches against Egypt later this month.

Ngwenya has not played for the Flames since his debut against Tanzania in a friendly match in June 2021.

A statement from Football Association of Malawi (FAM), said that the FC Aberdeen left-back, who is on loan at Raith Rovers, has been given the green light by both Rovers and his parent club to join the Flames in Saudi Aribia.

FAM Technical Support Manager James Sangala confirmed the development, saying they are now working on the player’s travel logistics to Saudi Arabia.

“We wrote Aberdeen for the release of the player and they have officially given us a go ahead to take him to Saudi Arabia after they discussed with his new club and the player himself. We are now making arrangements to fly him to Saudi,” he said.

The Leeds Academy graduate, who was once on the radar of a number of English Premiers League clubs, including Liverpool, disappeared after his debut due to among others, after it was established that he tested positive for Covid-19 on his return from international duty.

Meanwhile, Coach Mario Marinica has named a 24-man provisional squad for the Saudi Arabia camp.

According to Sangala the final traveling squad will be announced on Monday 6 March.