Limbikani Mzava has expressed readiness to don national team colours again after almost two years of absence.
The defender, who plays for South Africa Premier Soccer League side Highlands Park, was an influential defender who captained the Flames under former coach Ronny van Geneugden.
But Mzava and van Geneugden fell out in 2018 after the Flames lost 3-0 to Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier before going down 1-0 to Kenya on their way back.
Since then, Mzava has not made it into the Flames call up list despite the Belgian’s departure early last year.
As if to prove a point, the centre back has been impressive at Highlands Park this season but is yet to play under van Geneugden’s successor Meck Mwase.
Mzava said he was ready to return to the Flames.
“If the coach calls me up and gives me a chance, I will take it. I have no problem with returning to the national team. Malawi is my country that I must serve wholeheartedly through the national team. I don’t play for the Flames to please a particular individual, but all Malawians,” Mzava said.
Mzava said he does not expect to walk into the team’s starting lineup and will work hard to earn his place.
“I know that breaking into the first eleven will not be easy. The current squad has been together for some time and the players understand each other. It has been long since I last played for the team and I need to catch up,” he said.
Flames Coach Meck Mwase said Mzava is welcome.
“This is great news to hear. Mzava has always been in our plans. His readiness to return will bring something different to the team. This will add a new dimension to our performance. We are happy that he has made himself available to a national cause,” Mwase said.
The Flames are scheduled to return from the Covid-19 break with an Afcon qualifier against Burkina Faso in November.
The two teams will first play in Ouagadougou before clashing again in Lilongwe.
Initially, the matches were scheduled for March but were called off after Confederation of African Football announced a cancellation