Red Lions veteran midfielder Pritchard Mwansa has retired from active football after 14 years in the Super League.
Mwansa said he feels he has done his part and is looking forward to start another chapter in coaching.
“I would like to thank the management of sports in the Malawi Defence Force, my teammates and officials at Red Lions and Moyale, my friends and family for the support they rendered to me in the 14 years.
“It has not been an easy road. Most players I started with quit the game long time ago, but I have managed 14 seasons which is not easy considering the retirement rate in Malawi where people quit football after just five or six seasons,” he said.
Mwansa also thanked national team selectors for giving him a chance to play for the Flames between 2001 and 2006. He said he cherishes the 2001 Carlsberg Cup final against Escom as his best game, when he scored the winner for Moyale.
“Carlsberg was then just a new cup and to be won by Moyale with me scoring the only goal was just fantastic, but I also had a good run in the 2003 BP Top Eight in which I won the player of the tournament,” he said.
Mwansa was one of the top performing players at Moyale before he moved to Red Lions five years ago, alongside other players, as the MDF beefed up Red Lions.