Former Mighty Wanderers and Orlando Pirates sensational and gifted midfielder Joseph “Shakira” Kamwendo who is currently plying his trade in Mozambique has finally spoken out on his exclusion from the Flames squad which is expected to play Nigeria in the final match of the 2014 World Cup qualifying games away in Calabar, Nigeria.
Kamwendo was dropped by newly recruited Flames expatriate coach Tom Saintfeit who has maintained that the skipper has been dropped because he does not fit his tactical plans ahead of the crucial encounter.
“If the coach thinks I cannot fit his plans then that’s ok. All I can say is that I wish the guys all the best in Nigeria,” said Kamwendo.
But most soccer commentators have blamed the coach for his “suicide” decision.
Former Flames Legendary Captain Peter Mponda believes Kamwendo has been dropped because of his plain talk towards the national team affairs.
“The way I look at it is that the captain has been dropped because of his plain-spoken attitude since authorities don’t like being told the truth,” Mponda is quoted in The Nation newspaper on Monday.
However, Football Association of Malawi President Walter Macmillan Nyamilandu Manda said the ball is in Saintfeit hand.
He said his association has given the coach and his backroom staffs’ full control since they are the one’s who will be accountable after the crucial game against the Super Eagles.
“We do not want to interfere with squad selection. The technical committee made that call up and our role is to give them necessary support.
“They are accountable for the outcome and so they call the shots,” said Nyamilandu
The public feel the experienced on field leader Kamwendo should captain the Flames in Calabar.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :