Big Bullets’ veteran midfielder James ‘Terminator’ Chilapondwa has announced his retirement from the game, ending an illustrious career spanning over 13 years.
The 31-year-old Chilapondwa bade farewell to football fans at Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday after Bullets defeated Fisd Wizards 2-0 in a Super League encounter.
Even though he was a regular for Bullets this season, Chilapondwa said he felt this was the right time to quit.
“Sometimes it is good to retire when you are at the top of your game. It is not good to be forced to quit when you are not in good form. I feel this is the right time for me to go,” said Chilapondwa who launched his football career with the now defunct Gora United.
On life after football, Chilapondwa was astute: “I have not decided on my next move. I will decide after the holiday is over. It is too early to speculate anything now.”
Chilapondwa left a word of advice for young players that aspire to play at the top level for a long time.
“The most important thing is doing the right thing at the right time. Players need to go to training in time and take care of their bodies to stay in shape. Some behaviour such as excessive drinking and smoking are also hazardous to a player’s career. They must try as much as possible to avoid that,” he said.
Chilapondwa said he had confidence in the young players at Bullets to make it at the top.
“They just need to stay humble and focused. They should not get carried away when things are working out for them. They should always work hard and aspire for better things,” he said.
Chilapondwa left Bullets in 2007 to join Tanzanian Club Young Africans before returning to play for Escom United a few years later.
He rejoined Bullets in 2012 where he won the TNM Super League title and Carlsberg Cup twice.
The 35-year-old made 20 appearances for the Flames, scoring once.
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