Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture honourable Francis Phiso has commended former Malawi national football team and Be Forward Wanderers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo for putting efforts and finding sponsors for his testimonial match which took place on Saturday at Kamuzu stadium and has asked teams to emulate such an example.
Kamwendo organised the testimonial match to seal his announcement from active football and celebrate what has been an exciting career for him and managed to convince First Discount House (FDH) bank and Malawi Airlines to sponsor the match which featured former South Africa national football team star Sibusizo Zuma on a day JK select won 3-2 against Flames legends.
Phiso graced the testimonial match as the guest of honour said Kamwendo’s efforts leave a lot to be desired and is an eye opener to teams lacking sponsorship on how they can woo companies to help their clubs.
“Most super league teams are lacking sponsorship but Joseph Kamwendo managed to convince a number of companies to support his testimonial match. This should be an example to them that if they can do their things right, they can get sponsors out there and not just relying on government always,” said Phiso.
The minister also said Kamwendo’s initiative is an eye opener to them on how to treat legends of the game in the future and government will work hand in hand with Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to organise such testimonial games.
“As government we are happy with the idea that Joseph Kamwendo thought for himself to organise this career to celebrate with Malawians what has been an exciting career for him. This gives us food for thought on how to do it in future for other players.”
During his career days, the Free kick specialist started making a name for himself at Civil service united before joining Be Forward Wanderers. He played 104 games for the Malawi national football team and also went as far as Belgium, Denmark, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique where he played for big name clubs such as TP Mazembe, CAPS united and Orlando Pirates football clubs.