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Red Arrows hit by Malaria



Red Arrows Football Club has been hit by an outbreak of malaria rendering more than six players as doubts for the upcoming week six fixture against Zesco United.

Red Arrows officials told SuperSport.com after the team's afternoon training session on Wednesday that Saddam Yussuf, Danny Sibanda and Evans Musonda had been ruled out of Saturday's crucial encounter against Zesco United at Nkoloma Stadium.

The others are Bruce Musakanya, Stanley Nshimbi and Andrew Bwalya.

Team Physiotherapist Major Katandula said the named players also missed the week 5 away defeat away to Konkola Stadium but added that they were currently showing signs of improvement.

"They are showing signs of improvement at the moment. We are only concerned that their progress to return to action is being deterred by their fitness levels. They have not been training with the rest of the squad but out of the six who are sidelined Bruce Musakanya, Stanley Nshimbi and Andrew Bwalya are a bit active. We hope by the end of this week we will be able to incorporate them into the team," Major Katandula said.

Red Arrows in sixth host Zesco United in seventh in week 6 with both teams sitting on 8 points having conceded and scored an equal number of goals.

And Red Arrows head coach George Lwandamina said the absence of six key players would have adverse effects on his team but added immediately that he was looking forward to defeating Zesco United.

Asked on how his team would bounce back from the defeat at Konkola Blades Lwandamina said: "Do you want us to stay on a loss? We have players who can carry the mantle of those who are not available and this gives them an opportunity to showcase their talent as well as to uphold the identity of Red Arrows."

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