Former Malawi national football team goalkeeping great Clement Chimbalame Mkwalula fears he might lose his leg if he fails to undergo an operation.
Mkwalula is expected to raise K5 million to undergo an operation on his right knee at Beit Cure International in Blantyre.
“I am in pain. When I stand, my left leg is slightly taller as compared to the affected one. This is because of the tendons which need to be operated on. I am struggling to walk,” said Mkwalula who manned the Flames’ posts during the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The former Mighty Tigers (then Admarc Tigers) goalkeeper said his quest to raise the money was proving difficult.
“I have knocked on several doors including Football Association of Malawi (Fam) offices seeking help but I wasn’t assisted. Maybe if Fam had supported me in a small way others would have followed suit,” said the goalkeeper who started his career at Zomba Town team before joining Hardware Stars.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda refused to comment on the matter as he was reportedly in a meeting.
However, a source within Fam said it would be difficult for the association to assist Mkwalula as it might send a bad precedent to former players.
“It is a tricky issue as every former player would want the FA to assist him. We are not saying that it is bad to assist former players but we need to develop a proper standard system where it should be proved that such injuries were sustained while on national duty,” he said.
Mkwalula was Malawi’s first-choice goalkeeper at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire and competed for a place with top goalkeepers such as Dennis Saidi and Boniface Maganga.
In 1983, he was voted the best goalkeeper at the East and Central Africa Club Championship in Zanzibar and went on to play for Manzini Wanderers in eSwatini before returning home in 1992.