Malawi skipper Sangala announces retirement

Flames international defender James Sangala and captain has finally announced his retirement.

Sangala has been an influential figure in the Flames squad and was part of the squad that made a historical appearance at the 2010 Orange African Cup of Nations in Angola.

The sweeper said time has come for him to call it quit.

He said despite having his contract terminated at the Angolan side Benfica de Luanda, he had already made plans to quit from international football next year.

“I already made a decision to retire next year,” he said.

Sangala: Hangs up his boots
Sangala: Hangs up his boots

“It is just a coincidence that my contract was terminated [at Angolan club Benfica de Luanda]. It will be like my retirement has been pushed forward. But I think time has come for me to quit football.”

The former Mighty Wanderers defender said there have been limited opportunities to play football at the top level hence calling it quit.

“Apart from that, am not playing as well as used to do. I cannot force myself to continue playing when am not good any more,” he said.

He however revealed that there have been calls from several quarters asking him to continue playing.

He however expressed disappointment with Flames failure to qualify or next year’s world cup finals to be staged in Brazil.

“I am satisfied with what have achieved in my career. I really wished we had qualified for next year’s World cup because that is the highest point in every player’s career,” he said.

“My plans were to be involved in other things, but I will still pursue coaching courses because one or two people could benefit from my experiences and knowledge,” he said.

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