Flamesâ€™ lanky striker Russell Mwafulirwa says he will not respond to critics who have questioned his inclusion into the Flames, but his performance will speak for him.
Mwafulirwa, who has not played active football since September, has been included in the squad that will face Kenya on June 3 in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Many soccer pundits and fans alike have questioned his inclusion in the team, saying he does not have match fitness.
But speaking in an interview on Thursday just before the Flamesâ€™ departure for Kenya via Tanzania, Mwafulirwa insisted that he is in good shape to deliver for the Flames if given an opportunity.
“I may not have played club football for sometime, but am in good shape. I just thank the coach for his faith in me and should I be given an opportunity, I will not disappoint him,” he said.
However, Mwafulirwa admitted that it will be tough for him to reclaim his position as the others are doing well.
The former Europe-based forward also refused to be drawn much into his alleged suicide attempt in South Africa two weeks ago.
“You have a right to believe what the newspapers wrote, but I know the truth, so does my wife and family.
“The good thing is that I am alive and if God keeps me alive, I will still be playing football for the next six years,” he said.
Kinnah described Russellâ€™s performance in training as impressive.
“When he arrived in camp, I spoke to him about the suicide story as well as his idleness and from what he told me, it appears there was no truth. He does not look disturbed and is focused.
“He will have to prove himself in Tanzania in the two friendly games, otherwise his performance in training was impressive,” said Kinnah.
Mwafulirwa has not played for any club football since his contract with Swedish side IFK Norrkoping expired last year.