Abel Mwakilama claims double


Portugal-based up-and-coming goal-poacher, Abel Mwakilama, scored a double for his fourth-tier league side, Sporting Clube de Esmoriz, when they beat Fiães SC 4-3 on Saturday.

The Malawi under-20 national football team and former Chitipa United player has taken his tally to four goals in three games since moving to Portugal months ago.

In an interview from Portugal on Sunday, Mwakilama said he was joined on the score-sheet by 18-year-old Brazilian Rafael, who also scored twice.


The exploits of the former Simama Premier Division top scorer give Malawi football a flicker of hope that he may get spotted by top teams in Portugal.

No Malawian has ever played for a top league European club. Most southern African countries have exported players to top European teams. For example, Zambians Collins Mbesuma and Emmanuel Mayuka had stints in  England with Portsmouth and Southampton.

Zimbabwean Benjamin Mwaruwari played for Manchester City, Mozambican Simao Mate featured for La Liga’s Levante. Collin Benjamin from Namibia and Manucho of Angola had spells with Hamburg SV in Germany and Manchester United in England, respectively.


Former Mafco striker Richard Mbulu also plays for a Portuguese third-tier team, Associação Desportiva Sanjoanens.

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