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Ernest Mtawali in international charity match

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By Ronald Mpaso:

Flames legend Ernest Mtawali is set to play in an international charity match set for December 11 at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The match has been organised by South African Masters and Legends Football Association (SAMLFA) in partnership with Malawian renowned televangelist Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Professional Soccer Management Company.

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It was initially scheduled for November 17 to create excitement for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria at FNB Stadium but will now be purely be a fundraiser charity match to support football legends.

According to a statement released by SAMLFA, the match will also help in advancing Bushiri’s on-going charity programmes in South Africa.

Mtawali is among soccer legends such as Lucas Radebe, Phil Masinga, Doctor Khumalo, Benjamin Mwaruwari, Steven Pienaar, Benny McCarthy and Sibusiso Zuma who have been listed down for the match.

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Other stars scheduled to make an appearance in the match are MacBeth Sibaya, Quinton Fortune, Delron Buckley, Jabu Pule, Benedict Vilakazi and Portia Modise.

“There will also be a surprise special African legend who will make an appearance. We want to support the neglected football masters and legends at a very historic time in our country when we honour and celebrate the legacy of President Mandela, Mama Winnie Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.

“Football has been and remains an international unifier, these legends and masters’ match is very fitting, and SAMLFA looks forward to hosting over 40 legends and masters,” the statement quotes SAMLFA President, Buddha Mathathe, as saying.

It goes on to state that the match has been sanctioned by world football governing body, Fifa, and the South African Football Association.

Bushiri’s Communications Director, Ephraim Nyondo, was also quoted as saying: “We are commencing a partnership with South African Football Masters and Legends and we are very excited about this partnership. Charity work is at the core of our prophet’s calling, and we take pride in partnering with organisations such as SAMLFA and we look forward to the charity match and our future relationship.”

Mtawali was not available for comment as his phone was out of reach

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