In a rather surprise move, Malawi natioal football team injury-plagued captain Peter â€˜Mjojoâ€™ Mponda is reported to have asked his South African National First Division (NFD) side Santos to consider terminating his contract.
The development comes barely a day after another Flames striker, Chiukepo Msowoya, requested for the same at PSL side Orlando Pirates.
However, unlike Chiukepo, who was transfer-listed, Mponda wants out on his own accord. Santos are, however, reluctant to let go their 2010/11 player of the season who has been haunted by a recurring knee injury.
Santos media officer Iiham Dramat confirmed the news saying management is poring over Mpondaâ€™s request.
“I can confirm that Peter [Mponda] has asked for a termination of his contract, but the issue is still under discussion as he still has a year left. Despite the injury that has kept him out for sometime, the club feels he can still fully recover in time and contribute something before the end of his current contract because he is a quality player,” said Dramat.
Mponda confirmed exploring two options.
“My suggestion was that they should let me go so that after my recovery I can return early next year or else they should consider a mutual termination of my contract. But they [Santos] have been nice to me and I will hear what they say. The ball is in their court,” he said.
Last week, Mponda told Nation Online that he wanted the club to allow him to return home for his recuperation. He also hinted that he is considering retiring after over 15 years of a distinguished playing career.
Mponda suffered a career-threatening injury early last year in a PSL match against Maritzburg United.