Flames midfield workhorse Dave Banda has become the latest victim of Malawian players finding it tough in South Africa after being transfer-listed at Premier Soccer League side (PSL) Black Leopards.
He has been released just a year into his three-year contract after being deemed surplus to requirement at the club. He has been told to look for a new club.
His agent Kondi Msungama is now discussing for a compensation as Banda still had two years remaining on his contract.
His exit at Leopards leaves the Flames with only five players in the PSL namely; Atusaye Nyondo (Supersport United), Robin Ngalande (Bidvest), Limbikani Mzava (Bloemfontein Celtic), Robert Ngâ€™ambi (Platinum Stars) and Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards).
This comes barely four days after another PSL side Orlando Pirates transfer-listed Flames striker Chiukepo Msowoya. Black Leopards also terminated the contract of Grant Lungu in January as well as Fischer Kondowe and Bernard Harawa last August. Just last month, Amuzulu also fired Flames vice-captain Moses Chavula just like Carara Kicks decided against renewing the contracts of defender Sankhani Mkandawire and Jacob Ngwira.
Banda joined Leopards last year in a three-year deal from Red Lions FC to become the first soldier ever to go for professional football.
Since establishing himself as regular for the Flames in 2008, he has had a lot of foreign offers turned down as the Malawi Defence Force policy at first did not permit serving football players to go for professional football.
However, Malawi Army Commander General Henry Odillo allowed the player to sign for Leopards in July last year.
He broke into Leopardâ€™s first team at once but found life tougher when new coach Vlandislav Heric took over in November and has only played four league games since then.