Esau Kanyenda happy with Flames ‘recall’


By Arkangel Tembo, Mana:

Former Malawi national football team goal poacher, Esau Kanyenda, has expressed happiness with being called up to drill Flames strikers ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back matches against Cameroon.

Kanyenda joined the squad in training at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Wednesday on invitation from Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG).


Malawi take on Cameroon on October 12 in Yaounde before hosting the African champions four days later at Kamuzu Stadium.

Kanyenda said he could not resist the offer to share his striker’s instincts with Flames forwards as the team is desperate for goals to put its qualifying campaign on track.

“Being part of the Flames and working with the likes of Peter Mponda, Swadick Sanudi and Franco Ndawa is a great opportunity. Learning from those who are in the coaching business is going to be key for me as I plan for life after my playing days.


“But let us see how far we will go from here. If things work well and I go through the right processes, then maybe one day, why not, I could become a coach,” Kanyenda said.

RVG said Kanyenda, who now plays for Be Forward Wanderers, has garnered enough experience from his playing career to help strikers on how to get goals.

The Belgian trainer observed that just like players in other departments, strikers also needed specialised training.

“Despite playing good football and creating scoring opportunities, finishing has been our biggest weakness and we thought it wise to seek Kanyenda’s assistance. He is one of the country’s veteran strikers and we feel his experience can help our striking force,” he said.

Kanyenda played a significant role in Wednesday’s training session, doing running drills and giving strikers a number of one-on-one tutorials.

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