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Former Malawi National Football Team forward, Noel ‘Amfumu’ Mkandawire, is battling for his life with a heart disease at his home village in Mzimba District.

In an interview on Thursday from his home village in Euthini, Mkandawire said he has been bed-ridden for over six months. He last played for the Flames in 2011.

“My stomach is swollen and I cannot walk properly. My relatives have been supporting me since I came here but things are not ok because I am always in bed,” Mkandawire explained.

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His friend and former team mate, Charles Beni, confirmed that Mkandawire, whose career spanned 15 years, relocated from Lilongwe to Mzimba due to the illness.

“He was staying with me for about four months after he complained that he was sick. After four months, he left for his home village but his condition has not improved,” said Ben who played alongside Mkandawire at Civo United for six seasons.

Before his illness, Mkandawire was part of Civo Youth Team coaching panel. Civo Vice General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, said the club took care of Mkandawire before the technical panel was reshuffled.

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“He is still part of the Civo family and we might consider him in future for other positions in the team,” Chiwaula said.

Mkandawire, 38, became a household name as a prolific scorer for Civo before joining Escom United, where he won Super League championships with the now disbanded team.

Despite his height, Mkandawire was able to take on giant defenders with his pace and dribbling skills.

Mkandawire is among many examples of footballers who are destitute after hanging up their boots.

A few years ago, Mkandawire was selling liquor in sachets in Area 36 in Lilongwe.

Another former Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames star Trust Lunda is also ill. Football Association of Malawi recently formed a players’ representative body to take care of such cases.

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