Peter Mponda might have missed Flames games for a year, but coach Kinnah Phiri has said the veteran defender is still in his plans as captain of the ship.
“He told me that he still feels he can come back. In future, we shall have to sit down and identify someone who can lead like Mponda. We need someone with authority,” Kinnah said on Tuesday.
The Nation had sought clarification on the Flames captaincy as it was Moses Chavula who voted for Fifa Ballon d’Or’s World Player of the Year Lionnel Messi, among other awardees.
Mponda last featured for Flames in Chad last year, when he limped off after coming on as a substitute. He has since that time struggled with injuries, casting doubt on his international career.
In Mponda’s absence, Chavula has been wearing the armband with Joseph Kamwendo as the deputy.
Last week, Mponda, who is Surestream Academy technical director, said he had intensified his rehabilitation of leg muscles through gym workouts.
“I am working on my fitness levels to see if I can bounce back at the end of the month,” said Mponda.