Former Flames captain James Sangala last week has revealed having turned down an offer from Free State Stars technical director Kinnah Phiri for trials.
Sangala, who bounced back from retirement two months ago, said he turned down the offer considering that he had been out of action for a while.
“I felt it would have been tough and unfair to both myself and Kinnah had I accepted considering my lengthy lay-off.
“The other reason was, of course, that I am now employed by Football Association of Malawi [FAM] and it offers me an opportunity to prepare for my future and learn the ropes in the field of coaching,” said Sangala.
The Azam Tigers sweeper said Kinnah understood his situation, “and he offered me his encouragement”.
Sangala has become the second Malawian player to turn down Stars offer after battle-hardened forward Esau Kanyenda who was offered an outright deal.