Moyale Barracks goalkeeper McDonald Harawa has said he is working hard to reclaim his place in the Flames.
Harawa has been off the field for almost 18 months after joining the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and has resurfaced at Moyale Barracks.
Prior to his joining military training early last year, he was first-choice goalkeeper for Big Bullets.
He was also part of the Flames that took part in the 2011 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup, which was his last Flames appearance before he went into the jungle.
He said in an interview that he is still the same top stopper he was at Bullets.
“It was just a short break. Nothing has changed. I have stayed injury-free while becoming more physically fit. I am doing well for Moyale and I am working hard to regain my place in the national team,” he said.
He returns to Blantyre for the Bullets against Moyale game on Sunday.
“It is going to be an emotional return to play at the stadium for Bullets. But I have new employers and have to work for them, so no favours.
“It is one of the games I would like to send a message to the national team selectors that I am still around,” he said.
Harawa has played at all national junior levels getting a first-choice role for the Under-17, 20 and 23.
After joining Bullets from Tigers in 2011, Harawa made an early impact and was dubbed by analysts as the future Flames number one.