Terminate it like Chilapondwa: ‘ Bullets star pleased to be retiring as a champion’

Bullets and former Flames defending midfielder James Chilapondwa has retired from the game of football bring to an end a glittering career on the field as a champion.

Leave on a high: Bullets legend James Chilapondwa

Leave on a high: Bullets legend James Chilapondwa

Chilapondwa made a lap of honour of Bullets’ 2-0 victory over FISD Wizzards on Wednesday to acknowledge the fans that thronged the stadium, saying “now is the right time” to hang up the boots as a champions having helped his side to Malawi TNM Super League title.

“I have decided to retire from football because it is better to leave the stage at this point rather than being chased,” Chilapondwa said.

“I decided to bid my farewell because this is the my last game here in Blantyre and I will do the same at Civo Stadium in our last game should I be selected to play.”

He did not elaborate his next move after hanging up his boots but said Bullets’ final game against Civo United at Civo Stadium would draw the curtain on his career.

The decision for Chilapondwa to retire has come after Bullets Vice-General Secretary Kelvin Moyo posted his Facebook page asking who will replace the “terminator” as he was fondly called.

Moyo gave a hint that he would go for FISD Wizzards’ Levison Maganizo among others to take up the position.

The no-nonsense and hard tackling midfielder had a professional stint in Tanzania playing for the top league giants Young Africans. His return to Bullets was plagued by injuries but still played a critical role in the team’s defence of the title.

Chilapondwa made his impact while playing for Gola United sponsored by former Football Association of Malawi president late John Zingale. He was poached by Bullets to serve for the team that Zingale once served as its Treasurer.

In a related development former Mighty Be Forward Wanderers James Sangala also announced to retire from football.

Sangala, who is currently working as Youth Development Officer at FAM, has decided to while playing for Azam Tigers.

He joined Tigers in 2014 after coming out of retirement. He has played professional in South Africa at Benoni United, Thanda Zulu Royal before switching to Angola’s Premiera do Agosto and then Benfica Luanda.

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18 thoughts on “Terminate it like Chilapondwa: ‘ Bullets star pleased to be retiring as a champion’”

  1. AKIJA says:

    God be with you my dear freind

  2. mlomwe says:

    umakwana ambuye akusogolele

  3. zenzene says:

    Pumani a JTC koma tengani gawo Lina pothandiza masewelo ampila Ku Malawi kuno. Tikadakonda tikadakuonani muku menya pa New Stadium Ku Lilongwe.

  4. Pika kanondo says:

    Nyamilandu must take such examples.

  5. Kalizaliza says:

    Wakulu kapumeni ntchito mwaigwiraaaa

  6. Chitapata says:

    We wish u all best u have been indeed one of the long and dedicated players for ma pale, i hope u are going to take the position of ambar.

  7. amfana says:

    watichitira zabwino zambiri chilapondwa ndimunthu wolimbikira komanso wozichepesa. Zabwino zonse.

  8. nyasa boy says:

    Thanks guys to ploud us for so long god bless you all the time

  9. Mafuno abwino kapumeni amuje ntchito mwaigwiradi

  10. One of the best central midfielders though underrated.

    Wishing you good retirement.

  11. MAULE ULE says:


  12. Mpale from Texas says:

    Thanks a lot Terminator for your contribution to the peoples team. You did us proud and you will highly be missed. You were our penalty specialist. I wish you all the best of lucky as you are embarking on a new life journey. YOU ARE THE TRUE LEGEND.

  13. stasha says:

    Weldone JTC, osangokapumula chabe yai lusolo muwaphunzitseko ana.

  14. Gadabwali says:

    “…its better to leave the stage at this point rather than being chased.” Hahaha, si prophecy imeneyi? Should I go deeper? Ok, I saw in the realm of the spirit ngale zowonda zikumeza zonenepa. Ths was during harvest time. Ndatchula munthu apa kapena pulezident.

  15. Blessings Kaweru says:

    Good job James all de best wherever you’re going God be with you

  16. Nyenyezi says:

    All the best Mr Terminator ku worldko ntchito mwayigwira kubanja la BB, koma simungasewere season ya 2016 yokhayi? Think of it, you have the energy

  17. Harvey says:

    Bullets will find it had to replace the “Terminator” like the way Man u struggle d to replace Paul Scores.

  18. Mzozo kununkha says:

    Wawa maule ntchito mwayigwira kapumeni. umakwana dude, thumbs up and I wish you luck.

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