Malawi national football team legend Kinnah Phiri has said he regrets making the speech at United Transformation Movement (UTM) launch in Mzuzu last August and endorsed Vice-President Saulosi Chilima as the "real hope" for Malawi, saying he remains a member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
During the rally, Kinnah, who is Malawi's all-time top-scorer for the national team, said "My simple job, here, is to endorse you [Chilima] for President come 2019 elections."
Malawi's most celebrated football player and former National Team coach said He never registered as a member of UTM.
"I went to attend the rally in Mzuzu because it is close to where I stay, unfortunately I was asked to speak without prior information, " he said.
But Kinnah at the rally was donning a UTM t-shirt and said Chilima will "change Malawi for everybody".
He said: "I am endorsing Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima our President, 2019 Boma!"
However, on Thursday the football legend said he regrets making such a speech.
"This is why I have come to make my position clear that I am a DPP member," he said.
UTM's secretary general Patricia Kaliati said said their records does not indeed show that the former flames coach was a member of the UTM.
During a career spanning seven years from 1974 to 1981, Kinnah scored the 67 goals in 110 games, followed by his successor at Bata Bullets Lawrence Waya on a distant 29 goals from 125 matches.
He also led Malawi to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as coach for the Flames.