By Peter Kanjere:
Pre-season camp training, a team-building exercise which is often trivilised in Malawi football, is still treated with utmost seriousness in Mozambique’s Mocambola League.
The same is the case with all organised football leagues across the world.
In view of this, Mozambique Cup champions Costa do Sol, employers of Malawian footballers Richard Mbulu, Matthew Sibale and Chawanangwa Kawonga, have camped in South Africa for pre-season training.
The team’s website has indicated that Do Sol are playing training matches in Mpumalanga Province to fine-tune for the 2019 season in Mozambique.
The season in the neighbouring country will kick off next month.
Do Sol date Mozambique league champions Songo on February 24 in a pre-season charity cup match in Maputo.
Songo’s Malawian midfielder, Frank Banda, Tuesday confirmed that they, too, will travel to Johannesburg for pre-season training before playing against Do Sol.
“We are yet to learn about the teams we will play against in South Africa but last year, we faced Bidvest Wits, Highlands Park and Jomo Cosmos,” Banda said.
The midfielder plays for Songo alongside young brother John and goalkeeper Charles Swini.
Mozambique has surpassed South Africa as the largest importer of football talent from Malawi.
Other Malawian footballers holed up in Mozambique are Dandalira Mnelemba, Schumacher Kuwali, Idrissa Walesi, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Sankhani Nyirenda, Moses Chavula, Simplex Nthala and Innocent Jere.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Owen Chaima is based in Tanzania whereas South Africa is home to striker Gabadinho Mhango, defender Limbikani Mzava and midfielder Robert Ng’ambi whereas forward Robin Ngalande, winger Gerald Phiri Junior and frontman Atusaye Nyondo are club-hunting in the Rainbow Nation.
Tawonga Chimodzi plays club football in Cyprus, the only high-profile Malawian based in Europe.