Coach for Zomba based military side Red Lions Collins Nkuna, says the return of Malawi national football team (Flames) midfield workhorse Dave Banda is a morale boost to his side which is yet to taste a defeat this season.
South African club Black Leopards released Banda, the first Malawi Defence Force (MDF) footballer allowed to sign for a foreign club, in the middle of his two-year contract, citing an exhausted quota of five foreigners.
Banda who has just returned from South African is yet to rejoin his previous club.
Nkuna said the experience the player has acquired in South Africa will greatly help his team.
“Dave is our player, he went to South Africa and now that he has returned home, we are welcoming him back. I surely know that his return will bring a very big impact since he has gained a lot of
experience while playing in South Africa, ” said Nkuna on Zodiak radio sports programme.
Banda joined Black Leopards in August last year as a replacement to another Malawian international Robert Ng’ambi who moved to Platinum tars but struggled to win game time.
Meanwhile, the player with a blessing from Malawi’s soccer governing body (FAM), is fighting for the payment he was supposed to receive up until the end of his contract at Leopards.
The player’s manager Kondie Msungama sought FAM’s intervention, accusing Leopards of breach of contract by proposing to give him a one-month salary and a return air ticket instead of paying him for the year remaining on his contract.