But for former Tigers FC central-defender Dino Kadewere, that was not the case as he made a dramatic return to Tigers Youth team in 2002 despite being one of the key players in the senior side for half a Super League season.
â€œI decided to return to the Tigers Youth so as to recapture my form after sustaining an injury while playing for the senior team. Many people thought I was mad to make such a â€˜retrogressiveâ€™ decision, but it was for my own good.
â€œI did not want to start regaining form and strength while in the senior team. At the time, if you were chopped at senior level due to poor form, your prospects of playing in any other Super League team were slim. So, I thought it was better to take a step backwards after the injury,â€ he said.
But after six months of recapturing his robustness at Tigers Youth, the 31-year-old did not go back to the senior side. He opted for Premier League side Sammyâ€™s United, which, at the time, was about to earn promotion to the Super League.
â€œI joined Sammyâ€™s United in 2003 when it remained with five games to wind up the season and get promoted into the elite league. I played for this team alongside the likes of Moses Chavula and Jimmy Zakazaka until I quit active football in 2007 due to meagre salaries and allowances,â€ said the New Naperi resident in Blantyre.
Kadewere, who is married to Gloria and have two-year-old daughter Sasha, earned only a single Under-20 national team call-up in 2005 when the junior Flames were preparing for Cosafa Championships.