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Kinnah Phiri to launch ‘Four-legged Wizard’

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Malawi’s football icon Kinnah Phiri is scheduled to launch his book Four-legged Wizard on April 1 at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.

Phiri joins local football legends who have written books such as Peterkins Kayira and Chancy Gondwe.

The former Malawi National Football Team coach said the book shares his experiences in football both on the local and international scene.

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“I went through a lot, both as a player and coach, and I want to share what I went through. I have travelled a long road in the game and my experiences are worth sharing.

“I have put together all sorts of stories and pictures from wherever I played. I want the current generation of footballers to get inspired by my experiences,” Phiri said.

He said a percentage of proceeds from the book’s sales would go to his fellow legends.

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“I have always been touched with the plight of my fellow legends. There are some who are in dire situations and need support from all of us. I believe my contribution will make a difference,” Phiri said.

He therefore asked stakeholders to play their part in appreciating the contribution of legends to the local game.

Sports and Youth Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda commended Phiri for writing the book.

“Kinnah made a great contribution to football in Malawi and we really needed to have his story written down somewhere. Such initiatives need support from all sectors. This is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to our esteemed athletes while they are still in our midst,” Chimwendo Banda said.

During his playing time in the 1970s and 1980s, Phiri was among the best talents in Africa, helping Malawi win the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in 1978 and 1979.

He remains the top goal scorer for Malawi with 71 goals in 115 appearances.

According to Goal.com, the goals rank Phiri on position 16 on the list of the world’s top scorers.

He comes second to Zambian Godfrey Chitalu, who netted 79 goals in 108 matches.

Phiri also registered great success as coach, having helped Nyasa Big Bullets qualify for the group stages of the Caf Champions League in 2004.

He also steered the Flames to their second qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010.

Phiri also coached South Africa’s Free State Stars, saving them from relegation on several occasions.

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