Flames defender James Sangala has said he will be returning to Angola next week to search for a new team.
Sangala is currently without a club following the expiry of his contract with top Angolan side Primeiro Augusto on New Year’s Eve.
He was linked with a move to his former base, South Africa, but, on Thursday said he is going back to Angola as there are prospects of joining another team.
“I have played in Angola for four years and have made a mark for myself, so I think it will be a little easier to start looking for a team that side than in any other country. There are people on the ground who are doing the talking, so I am just patient and cannot talk more, but I will find a team in Angola.
“At the moment, there is nothing concrete, but will I always come out to tell Malawians my destination once everything is on paper,” said Sangala.
He has been one of the most consistent players in the Flames set-up since making his full start in October 2006 in Flames’ 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in a 2008 Afcon qualifier.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri has said it is important for Sangala to continue playing abroad as he is one of the important members of the Flames.
“We are wishing him all the best to secure a team soon. His game is being affected by staying on the sidelines and with the four crucial 2014 World Cup qualifiers this year, we need all the players to be in top form,” said Kinnah.
Sangala’s former club, Wanderers, expressed interest to resign him, but he politely denied, saying his first option is an abroad move.
Sangala went to Angola in 2009 after his contract with South Africa PSL side Thanda Zulu Royals.