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Kawonga’s finest hour

Steers Costa to Moz league title

Former Silver Strikers hotshot Chawanangwa Kawonga’s exquisite double helped Costa do Sol seal Mozambique top-flight league championship on Wednesday, effectively ending Uniao Disportiva Songo’s monopoly of the Mocambola title.

Playing off the right wing, Chawanangwa scored, including through a stunning free-kick in the match played in Maputo.

He hopes that his impressive club form would open more windows of opportunities, including a recall to the Flames set up.

“It has been a successful season for me as I have scored 10 league goals. As for the Flames, sometimes it depends on how the coach values you as a player. I hope to be given another opportunity to play for the national team,” Kawonga said.

During the game on Wednesday, his compatriot Matthew Sibale was on the substitutes’ bench for Costa whereas John Banda led Songo’s midfield.

Banda’s elder brother Frank was on the bench for Songo and goalkeeper Charles Swini was not in the playing squad.

Costa finished the season with 63 points from 28 games in what was their 10th league title with one game to spare against Ferroviaro de Nampula this Sunday.

Strikes from Isac Carvalho and Evanga completed the rout for Costa whereas Luis Miquisone scored both goals for the second-placed Songo who have 60 points.

Kawonga was part of the Flames squad that impressed at the Cosafa Championship in South Africa in June but he was used as a substitute in most of the games.

Mozambique is the biggest importer of players from Malawi, including Ndaziona Chatsalira and Moses Chavula, followed by South Africa.

Elsewhere, Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango’s wonder strike in a South Africa Premier League match against Kaizer Chiefs has been short-listed for Goal of the Month November.

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