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All set for Joseph Kamwendo’s testimonial

WELCOME—Kamwendo (left), Lele Mbele (second left), Chabalala (second right) and Atusaye Nyondo on arrival at Chileka Airport on Thursday

Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre will be a battlefield as football legends turn the back the hands of time in Joseph Kamwendo’s testimonial match this afternoon.

In today’s match, JK Select will face Flames Legends team which comprises the players that participated in 2010 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Angola.

JK Select will feature South African legends such as Sibusiso Zuma, Tonic Chabalala and Lucky Lekgwathi.

As we went to press yesterday, Zuma was yet to arrive.

On the other hand, Flames legends will feature players such as Peter Mponda, James Sangala, Jimmy Zakazaka and Peter Mgangira.

Kamwendo is best known for his deft left foot and an eye for goals throughout his football career.

Known as Bondo in his early days while playing for Mchinji Secondary School, Kamwendo hanged his boots in December last year making an end to his successful career at club and country level.

After playing for Mchinji Secondary School in the early 2000s, Kamwendo moved to Civo United before he was spotted by Be Forward Wanderers (then MTL Wanderers) while playing for Mitundu Secondary school alongside Gift Makoloni.

But the former midfielder said he still had found of memories of the day when he signed for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants TP Mazembe.

“I remember the day I signed for TP Mazembe a boy from Mchinji. I never knew I would represent the country one day but the fans gave me good support. Special thanks to all the fans in Malawi and not forgetting my home district in Mchinji,” Kamwendo.

Former Flames defender, Clement Kafwafwa, who is a coordinator for today’s match, said Kamwendo was dedicated player.

“He had good professional altitude and a hard worker. He left a mark in Denmark and he is remembered for scoring famous goal for his club which ended 12 clean sheets for one of the goalkeepers in Denmark,” Kafwafwa said who also played in Denmark.

In his football career, Kamwendo played for Caps United in Zimbabwe where he became the first foreigner to be named as Player of the Year. He then moved to Nordsjælland in Denmark before he joined South African giants Orlando Pirates.

He also played for Vasco Da Gama in South Africa before signing for Desportivo de Maputo in Mozambique. After one season in Mozambique, Kamwendo joined Mazembe on a five-year deal but a year later he was loaned out to Don Bosco FC.

Another former Flames defender, James Sangala said Kamwendo had rare talent.

“He was a special player. He came to Wanderers as a boy but he had great impact throughout his career,” Sangala said.

Meanwhile, a member of the testimonial’s organising committee, Prince Chikweba, said Zuma had some logistical hitches and would arrive today.

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