Recalled Flames battle-hardened forward Esau Kanyenda has said he is excited with the prospect of returning to the Flames.
Kanyenda has missed a number of games of late, but coach Kinnah Phiri named him in the 34-member squad that is expected to start training this Monday in preparation for next monthâ€™s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations decisive qualifier against Ghanaâ€™s Black Stars.
â€œI have called Esau because he has now found a club and the up-and-coming forwards such as Atusaye Nyondo, Robin Ngalande and Gabadinho [Mhango] need guidance from experienced strikers such as Esau [Kanyenda] and Chiukepo [Msowoya],â€ said Kinnah.
Kanyenda, who has just signed a two-year contract with South African National First Division (NFD) side Bay United, said he is looking forward to be part of the squad to face Ghana.
He insisted that he was not bitter with the coachâ€™s move to sideline him from the squad as he hunted for a club.
â€œI understood the coachâ€™s position not to include me in the squad for recent games as I did not have a club, but now that I have found one, I look forward to my return.
â€œI know it will not be easy to earn a position in the squad as there are a number of up-and-coming strikers such as Atusaye, Robin and Gabadinho.
â€œBut I hope my role will be more of guidance,â€ said Kanyenda.
He also said while it appears a tall order for the Flames to turn the tables against Ghana, the Flames are capable of pulling a surprise.
â€œOf course, we have a tall order having lost the first leg 2-0, but such is the beauty of football that anything can happen.
â€œWith self-belief and determination I am sure we can stun Ghana. We just need to be focused and have self-belief,â€ said Kanyenda.