Malawi national football team defender, Limbikani Mzava, is back in action after recovering from a two-month injury that saw him miss several games at his South African Premier Soccer League club, Highlands Park.
The club declared Mzava fit last week and featured him in a goalless draw against Stellenbosch on Saturday.
Speaking in an interview from the Rainbow Nation, Mzava said he was eager to return to the Flames line-up.
The former Bloenfontein Celtic, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Golden Arrows tough man has missed national team assignments for about a year.
“I can confirm that I am now fit and eager to play for the national team again after my recovery. Returning to action is something special for me and my club. I expect to make my return to the national team,” he said.
Mzava said he would wait for his chance to earn his place in the Flames squad which has several up-and-coming youngsters.
“Playing for the national team is a great honour to me personally and I cannot wait to reclaim my place in the starting line-up. If the coach wants me, I am ready,” he said.
Flames Team Manager, James Sangala, said Mzava has always been their player and was free to play for his country just like any other player.
But Sangala said there was need to exercise caution as he returns.
“Mzava has always been considered by the Meck Mwase-led technical panel but injuries have been his major setback each time he gets called up. The last time we called him up was when we had a match against Lesotho but he declined, saying he would not play on an artificial turf as he was still nursing an injury,” Sangala said.
Mwase told a media briefing in Blantyre on Tuesday that the door is still open for the defender.
Mzava last played for Malawi in September 2018 against Kenya under Ronny van Geneugden.
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