Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTRYE--Flames knee injury- stricken Peter Mponda says he is contemplating to rejoin either the peoples team, Big Bullets or Escom United, teams he played before trekking down to the rainbow country, South Africa.
Speaking in an interview Thursday, Mponda, who is back home to nurse the injury, says the teams in question helped and shaped his football career, asserting that he will hang the boots at one of the teams.
“Football followers vividly recall that I started playing football at Bullets Youth team then went on to play for the Electricians (Escom) before going back to Bullets senior team. As such, I would want to reunite with one of the teams as a token of appreciation and eventually end my career there,” says Mponda.
Mponda, who is valued as one of the best defenders Malawi has ever produced, contends that he has two more years of playing active football.
“I have already started doing some light training so as to put myself back on track again,” says Mponda.
The defender and Flames captain suffered a knee injury at Absa PSL side Santo in South Africa and doctors recommended that he should stay out of action until November this year.
He has served the nation for over ten years and plying trade in South Africa for seven years. He also served Black Leopards and Platinum Stars before joining Santo, popularly known as the people’s team there.
He sustained the injury early this year and has since decided to return home to reunite with one former team of his.
Meanwhile, the skipper has wished the Flames good luck as they are faced with a scary second leg African Cup Qualifier match against the Black Stars of Ghana at Civo Stadium next month. Ghana won the first leg 2-0.
“Kamuzu Stadium should have been the venue for such a game. The Flames always put up a gallant fight at Kamuzu Stadium,” claims Mponda.