Kafoteka retires from Malawi duty

Malawi’s vice captain Elvis Kafoteka has announced his retirement from the national duty after the team failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations by a thread, saying he was to concentrate on his Rwandan based club.

The Flames right back, who stars for Rwanda’s APR Football Club, said immediately after their exit from the continental’s major soccer show it was time for others to assist the team.

“I have no grudges against anybody but it is time others try their luck,” Kafoteka reportedly told the Malawian delegation that included the coaching panel, fellow players, journalists, Football Association of Malawi and government officials at their hotel in Ndjamena, Chad after the game.

He wished coaching panel team and the playing squad “all the best for the future.”

Kafoteka: Quits Flames

The player was frustrated with its astonishing failure to qualify for AFCON 2012 with just seconds to go.

Kafoteka also reportedly said he would retire from international club football after June next year when his contract with APR expires.

The player said after his contract expires he would return to Malawi to take care of his kids. The player lost his wife a few weeks ago who died in a car accident.

However, the Flames defender, who has had some offers in from Ukraine’s club, Metalits Kharikiv, and an Indian side FC Pune, was not clear whether or not he would join a local team upon his return to Malawi.

Born Ivis Bryson Kafoteka on January 17, 1978 in Lilongwe, the Malawian international footballer began his serious football career with Civo United in 2001.

He later went to Hong Kong (South Asia) where he signed for Hong Kong Rangers FC and earned seven caps in six months before he returned to Malawi to join ESCOM United. ESCOM sold him to APR FC, the Rwanda’s military team in January 2010.

Kafoteka has been part of the Flames regular squad since 2008 after his debut in 2005. He has played over 30 matches for the team scoring three goals.

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