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Former Flames goalkeeper Charles Swini and striker Atusaye Nyondo are hunting for clubs following the expiry of contracts at their respective clubs.

Swini returned home after spending three years with Mozambique giants, UD Songo, whereas Nyondo terminated his contract with Ethiopian side ST George recently.

In an interview, Swini yesterday said he was still weighing options before making a decision.

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“I have offers from teams in Mozambique but I am still consulting my family. For me, I cannot play for a foreign team which is offering a similar salary to local teams because it is expensive to stay outside the country. I have given myself deadline of February end, if I do not get a good deal, I will play for a local club,” Swini said.

According to Swini, Mozambican side Ferraviario de Nampula showed interest in signing him but he wanted an improved offer.

Swini, formerly of Silver Strikers and defunct Escom United, disclosed that no local team has approached him.

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Reports were rife that he was eyeing a return to Silver.

Nyondo, who is based in South Africa, said he was hoping another window of opportunity would open soon.

“I cannot disclose why I left Ethiopia because it is sensitive but I am happy that I left. I am just keeping fit training, something may happen very soon. There is nothing wrong for me to play for a Malawi team but I am waiting for something from my agent,” he said.

Both Swini and Nyondo have played for the Flames for several years.

Swini was the first choice goalkeeper before Ernest Kakhobwe took his place. However, Kakhobwe also lost his place to Silver goalkeeper Brighton Munthali.

While in South Africa, Nyondo has played for several clubs including Carara Kicks, Super Sport United, Bloemfontein Celtic and University of Pretoria.

He recently played for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivahndila but terminated the deal due to contractual issues.

On and off Flames striker Robin Ngalande is also club less after terminating his deal with FC Zira of Azerbaijan on mutual agreement. His manager, Paul Mitchel, said the former Atletico Madrid Academy player was still in Azerbaijan.

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