As days draw closer for the much anticipated match for former Malawi national football team and Be Forward wanderers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo to bid farewell to soccer loving Malawians with a testimonial match at the Kamuzu stadium on Saturday 7 March, Kamwendo has asked Malawians to attend the game in large numbers.
The testimonial match will involve Kamwendo’s former team mates at different clubs playing against his former national team players and will be played at Kamuzu stadium on Saturday 7 Match with the likes of Sibusiso Zuma, Teko Modise and Energy Mlambadoro.
At the age of 30, Kamwendo announced his retirement last year and during his career days he played for Civil service united and Wanderers in Malawi before playing for big name clubs on the African continent such as Orlando Pirates of South Africa and TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo, CAPS united of Zimbabwe and also played for clubs in Mozambique. He also went as far as Europe where he played in Denmark.
Speaking in an interview, Joseph Kamwendo who went into the history books of Zimbabwe football as the first foreign based player to win the player of the year award said everything is ready for the big day and he expects a colourful event.
“Every preparation for the big day has been finalised and I thank everyone who had a hand for everything to be in place. We expect all invited delegates to start coming ahead of the match as I will bidding farewell to Malawians and celebrate what has been an exciting career for me,” he said.
Kamwendo also said he has planned to launch his foundation on the day aimed at promoting and developing talent from the grassroots.
“I came from the remote village in Mchinji and it took the eyes of someone to notice the talent in me and natured me which helped me to go as far as Europe. For that reason I have decided to start my football foundation which will be launched on the day with an aim of identifying talent from youngsters and nature it and also encourage them to work hard in school as nowadays it’s difficult to grab opportunities beyond Africa without education,” said Kamwendo.