Flames veteran midfielder Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi has said he is retiring from football after parting ways with his South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Leopards.
Ng’ambi said he had decided not to renew his contract with the Limpopo based side to pave way for youngsters.
“I had a meeting with the club’s chairman David Thidiela where I expressed my desire to retire and chairman also outlined his future plans for the club. We reached an agreement that I should leave the stage and allow the young players to continue,” he said.
“I think this is the right time quit, it is good to quit while you are still playing good football so that you can earn respect from the up-and-coming players. You can still give advice to youngsters and they can take it knowing that you did not quit due to bad form.”
The former Nyasa Big Bullets player said he was delighted to have helped Leopards to return to the PLS after being relegated to the playoffs last season.
Ng’ambi said Leopards would make an official announcement on his retirement this weekend as he prepares to return home on Saturday.
He has ruled out playing for a local club saying if he had wanted to continue playing he would have signed for another club in South Africa.
“I think it will not be a right thing to play with the young players back home [in Malawi]. This is their time and let them play. I have no intention of joining a local club,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ng’ambi said his memorable time was when the Flames qualified for 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and also winning the 2013 MTN and Telkom Knockout Cup with Platinum Stars.
“Playing Afcon finals in Angola was something else, we had a good team. At Platinum I achieved a lot and I shall leave to remember all the trophies that I won individually,” he said.
Football analyst Kevin Moyo has welcomed Ng’ambi’s retirement saying this was the right time for him to retire after his colleagues already retired.
“I think it was only him and Fischer Kondowe from the squad that qualified for Angola Afcon finals that were still active. Now that Ng’ambi is retiring we should ask ourselves that do we have players like him to play for the national team?” Moyo asked.
Ng’ambi played with the likes of Peter Mponda, Joseph Kamwendo, Hellings Mwakasungula, Peter Mgangira, James Sangala, Esau Kanyenda, Moses Chavula, Russell Mwafulirwa and Elvis Kafoteka
The last time Ng’ambi played for the national team was in 2018 when Flames played against Lesotho.