By Jeden Chilikunzako, Nyasa Times
Fischer ‘Anong’a’ Kondowe has finally had his prayers for a return to the Malawi National football team answered as Flames coach Kinnah Phiri has recalled the prodigal son to join the team in preparation for the 2012 African cup of nations qualifier against Tunisia next month.
Kondowe, who made an apology to the Flames mentor at a Black Missionaries music show, said he had repented of his sins and is now a changed person and should be considered back into the team.
He went further and made yet another apology on radio. He asked to be given another chance with the team.
Kinnah told reporters that after listening to Kondowe’s apology, he found it sincere and decided to invite the winger to strengthen his side ahead of the Tunisia game.
Kondowe was excited with the recall and says he is prepared to repay the coach and Malawians dearly for giving him another chance with the flames.
“I am humbled by the recall and promise to work hard and reclaim my place in the team. I messed up before, bolting camp and the like but now I am a changed man,” said Kondowe, who is yet to find a club after being released by South African outfit Black Leopards.
Since his release, Kondowe has been training with his former side Bullets FC and Escom to keep himself in shape as he continues his search for a new club.
Also included in the squad for the first time is TNM Super League leading scorer Ishmael Thindwa. Thindwa has been a revelation since the start of the season scoring 8 goals this far.
Another notable new face in the 25 member squad is Gabadinho Mhango of Bullets FC.
Mighty Wanderers midfielder Nafe Nsasa has also been recalled to the squad after a long time on the sidelines.
The squad is expected to start training on Wednesday.
The following is the full squad.
Macdonald Harawa, Charles Swini, Amadu Ali
Foster Namwera, Bongani Kaipa, John Lanjesi, Pilirani Makupe, Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Yamikani Fodya, Ndaziona Chilemba, Patrick Nazombe
Kondwani Lufeyo, Chimango Kayira, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Jester Mulima, Frank Banda, Luke Muyawa, Nafe Nsasa, Henry Kabichi
Gastin Simukonda, Diverson Chilemba, Innocent Dzimbiri, Patrick Luhanga, Ishmael Thindwa and Gabadinho Mhango.