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John Banda handed captaincy

In a vote of confidence in his abilities, Mozambican side Ferroviaro de Nampula have named John ‘CJ’ Banda as Captain.

The former Blue Eagles skipper yesterday confirmed that Nampula Coach, Salvado, handed him the armband during the pre-season.

“He said he had trust in me to lead the team. Language is not a problem. I am able to communicate well [in Portuguese]. Some of the guys also understand English,” Banda said.

“Looking at the fact that I am a foreigner, this means a lot to me. This will help up my game as every time I need to perform well.”

Nampula is also home to other Malawian footballers Zicco Mkanda, Schumacher Kuwali and Ndaziona Chatsalira.

Save for Mkanda, the rest of the Malawians featured for Nampula as they drew 1-1 away to Vilankulo on Saturday. Kuwali scored for Nampula.

Still in Mozambique, other Malawians Charles Swini and Frank Banda had a winning start to the season as their Tete-based team Songo saw off Maio 2-0 on Saturday.

Elsewhere Chibuto FC, whose players include former Silver Strikers forward Chawanangwa Kawonga, defeated Ferroviaro de Nacala 2-0 also on Saturday.

Mozambique is the biggest importer of Malawian players including Dangalira Mnelemba, Clement Mvula, Moses Chavula, Sankhani Nyirenda, Lazarus Nyoni, Nelson Kangunje, Idrisa Walesi, Richard Mbulu, Joseph Kachule and Dave Mphaya.

Malawi also has players in Botswana (Lawrence Majawa), Tanzania (Sankhani Mkandawire, Owen Chaima), South Africa (Gerald Phiri Jnr, Robert Ng’ambi, Esau Kanyenda, Limbikani Mzava, Gabadinho Mhango, Atusaye Nyondo and Chiukepo Msowoya).

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