Many soccer followers were taken by surprise with the recall of Big Bullets veteran midfielder Fisher Kondowe to the Flames squad that faced Botswana and Namibia and the player told Nyasa Times he is happy to be given yet another opportunity to resurrect his international career.
The dreadlocked midfielder was frozen out by former coach Kinna Phiri on what was believed to be disciplinary grounds.
However, caretaker coach Eddington Ng’onamo recalled him to national duty he came back with a and he displayed a great performance against Botswana in a friendly before being thrown into service in Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia’s Brave Warriors. Malawi beat Namibia 1-0.
Kondowe gave an assist to wonder kid Gabadinho Mhango to score the priceless lone goal in the 70th minute that earned the Flames their maiden competitive win over Namibia.
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The midfielder is convinced he has an international future.
“I’m never going to say it’s over for me with Flames,” he said and joined the chorus of Flames players who said the win against Namibia was a special dedication to Coach Ng’onamo who missed the encounter as he returned home to attend to his son’s funeral.
The Bullets midfield workhorse said he was happy with the balance of Flames squad, believing there is the right blend of youth and experience.
Kondowe remains upbeat that Malawi can qualify for the World Cup.
The Flames go joint top of Group F with Nigeria in the 2014 Africa World Cup qualifiers on five points. However, the African champions remain at the top courtesy of superior aggregate.