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‘Rise and fall’


At the peak of his career, Chancy ‘Vinny’ Gondwe never ceased to amase football fanatics with his performance on the pitch and controversial behaviour off-pitch.

He was one of rare gems to have graced and mesmerised the local scene.

On the pitch, the bow legged midfielder, who started his career at Zomba Swallows before moving to Nyasa Big Bullets then Bata Bullets, was phenomenal and rough too.

Disciplinary issues characterised his game too, as he was no stranger to yellow and red cards. That’s not all sneaking out from training camp for a drinking spree was part of his life.

Yet, the unexpected happened when his lavish and wayward life style cost his career when he was still expected to be at the top of his game.

That said, the former Flames international has packaged his story in a 175 paged book titled Chancy ‘Vinny’ Gondwe and the lost history of Malawi football.

Authored by Reverend Rueben Chilera, Gondwe said it was an emotional and encouraging book.

“I met Reverend Chilera when we were doing bible school at Assemblies of God in Lilongwe. That’s when the project started. I was telling him what to write. In the book I am talking about how my football career started at Zomba Swallows and moved to Bata Bullets. I am talking about my life on and off the pitch. I am talking about how I messed up my career. It is about my rise and fall. The book is quite moving and meant to inspire youngsters to concentrate on their career rather spending time on drinking binge and having multiple girlfriends,” he said.

Gondwe said he was waiting for advice before launching the book in May.

“With events being banned as a precautionary measure for Covid-19, the committee will decide on when possible to launch the book. The idea was to launch the book in May in Blantyre before moving to Lilongwe and Mzuzu,” he said.

Gondwe, who was also synonymous with three-finger passes and free-kicks had a stellar career which saw him playing for Sundowns, Wits University and Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.

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