Mponda ready for top level football but awaits doctors’ advice
Former Malawi national football team captain Peter Mponda says he has recovered from his career-threatening injury and was ready to return to high level football.
The Flames defense major has been out of field since February 2011 when he suffered a knee injury while playing for his former South African club, Santos.
However, the prospect of returning to top football for the experienced defender will have to be determined by his doctor’s advice.
Mponda, probably the most celebrated Malawian footballer of his generation, hinted he was fit to return to action next season to but was cautious that doctors would have to give him a go ahead.
“I have recovered and I am ready to play next season,” Mponda said.
“However that will depend on what the doctors would say about the recovery of my injury.”
He said he was itching to bow out of football by playing at least for one or two seasons as a token of appreciation to the local fans that helped him achieve a lot in his life out of football.
Mponda indicated he would like to completely wind up his illustrious football career at Big Bullets or ESCOM United (now Kabula United) where he rose to stardom before moving to South Africa to join Black Leopards and then Santos.
After suffering the injury, the outspoken central defender cut short his professional career with Santos and returned home to pick up the position of technical director at the country’s first professional football academy, Surestream.