Swallows’ striker Gabadinho Mhango says his time with Malawi will come again after being left out of the Flames’ squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The 31-year-old striker has 17 goals in 68 appearances for the national side going back to when he made his debut in 2012.

Malawi takes on Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea in qualifiers on Thursday and Monday.

They are currently in fourth place in Group H with three points from their opening two games.

Mhango was in fine form for the Dube Birds this season and contributed with eight goals and one assist in 28 games in all competitions.

Reflecting on his absence from the national team, the player explained that he respects the decision of head coach Patrick Mabedi.

Mhango was reported by Nation Online as saying: “For me, I am OK with it, I am good. At the end of the day, it is the coach’s decision and there is nothing I can do.

“As much as I would love to represent my country, I have to respect his decision. I love representing my country, but maybe I don’t suit the coach’s plans.

“I have no doubts that my time will come, and I will be back in the national team.

“I just want to urge the guys to go there and give their all for the nation and we will be behind them all the way.”