Exam stops play for Malawi striker Mhango

Malawi striker Gabadinho Mhango has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifiers against Namibia and Kenya - because he has to take his school exams.

The 19-year-old will be sitting his Junior Certificate Examinations (JSE) in June so is unavailable for the home home ties against Namibia on the fifth of the month and against Kenya a week later in Blantyre.

In March, Mhango passed a football test with flying colours when he scored the winner as The Flames beat Namibia 1-0 in Windhoek in a World Cup qualifier.

And he is currently enjoying top form, having scored two goals in Big Bullet's two opening games of the new league season.

His absence will be keenly felt by Malawi, who trail Nigeria on goal difference in Group F with both sides tied on five points.

Coach Edington Ng'onamo said: "We need Mhango so much because he is man of the moment. We need to win our two home ties to stand any chance of reaching the final qualifying round of the 2014 World Cup.

"But since he has to write his examinations, it means I will have to look for a replacement - a move which will not be easy because our strikers in South Africa are not doing well.

"If we can not get good foreign-based strikers then I will have to look locally. The good thing is that we are going to camp next week to prepare for a friendly against Zimbabwe on 26 May. I will try several striking options."