Former Flames midfielder Frank Banda says he will return home once his contract with Mozambique top-flight league club UD Songo expires next month.
The 32-year-old, who has been with the Mozambican side since his departure from Silver Strikers in 2015, has been renewing his contract annually but yesterday said he longs to get back home.
He said: “I have spent six years in Mozambique and I feel it’s time to head back home.
“There are about six of us that have been with the club for sometime and we have been told that our contracts will not be extended this time around. So, we cannot force matters.”
Banda ruled out any possibility of joining another Mozambican team.
On which team he plans to join locally, the former Silver Strikers midfield maestro said: “Not yet. I will see depending on the situation on the ground.”
Banda started active football in 2004 at Blue Eagles FC before jumping ship to Civil Service (Civo) United FC in 2006. He later joined Silver from where he switched to the Mozambican club.”
With his compatriot and former Silver teammate goalkeeper Charles Swini, they won their first Mozambique top-flight league title in 2017 after thrashing Textafrica Chimoio 5-0 in their last game. Banda scored the last goal.
He made his debut for the Flames in 2010, but has not been called up since last year.
His teammate and young brother John, who is also the Flames captain, said his contract also expires this December but it is not yet clear whether it will be renewed.