Former football greats Ernest ‘Live wire’ Mtawali and Philemon Chippa Masinga will come face to face to rekindle their old playing days as they will lead the two teams that will play in a Special Olympics Unified match at the Civo Stadium on Sunday.
The two will captain the teams that will comprise of other former internationals, government officials and Intersexual disability children with Masinga leading the Red Rebels while Mtawali will captain the Blue Bullets
This will be the first time the two will play in two opposing teams in Malawi since 1st June 1996 when Malawi lost 1-0 to South Africa in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Among the Malawi players are Peter Mponda, Lawrence Waya, James Sangala, Fischer Kondowe, Mc Donald Yobe, Hellings Mwakasungula Andrew Chikhosi, Musipasi Mwangonde and Women football international Towera Vinkhumbo.
From South Africa, Masinga is joined by former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish who was also part of the 1996 Bafana team, former South African Women national football team captain Desire Ellis and celebrated musician DJ Cleo.
Masinga said at a press conference yesterday that he is happy to be back in Malawi after 18 years.
“We came here in 1996 and won and the memories are still fresh. But this is a different game altogether. I am looking forward to play against Mtawali. In South Africa we have used to be playing together. I have scored many goals from his passes but now it’s time to face each other. In fact I will be playing in the midfield just to challenge.
“But I must say it is was difficult to say no to the invitation. It is important to give back to community especially the African community. This project is very import,” said Masinga.
Mtawali, who did not attend the press conference as he was in transit to Lilongwe from Blantyre for the match, said Masinga cannot match him in the midfield.
“Let me do what he knows; scoring goals but not challenging me in the midfield. But all the same it will be interesting playing against Masinga and Fish again in my backyard and in front of the head of state. It will be an exciting match and am glad to be part of this initiative,” said Waya.
President Joyce Banda will be the guest of the honour at the event.
The match is a curtain raiser of the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability to be held at the Bingu International Conference Centre on Monday .Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :