Malawi’s Flames captain Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo, who plies trade in Mozambican top flight league, has finally arrived in the country ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifiers against Namibia’s Brave Warriors at Kamuzu stadium.
Kamwendo arrived Monday morning through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and has since left for Blantyre to join his colleagues.
His Mozambican club, Liga Mulcumana de Maputo, refused to release the player last week as they needed his service over the weekend when they played TP Mazembe of Republic Democratic of Congo (DRC) in the Confederations Cup.
Kamwendo has been instrumental at the Maputo based outfit both in the league and confederations campaign.
Among them are strikers Esau ‘Black Mamba’ Kanyenda, Atusaye Nyondo, Robin Ngalande, defenders Limbikani Mzava, Harry Nyirenda and midfielder Robert ‘Baggio’ Ngambi.
Meanwhile, Kamwendo, who has just penned a two year extension to his one year contract, has been tipped to win the Mozambican Player of the season award for his impressive performance since he joined the club.
Kamwendo became the first foreigner to win player of the season in Zimbabwe in 2005.
“It is our aim to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and with the current squad and technical panel l do not see anything stopping us to reach our goal,” said Kamwendo.
Meanwhile, reports reaching Nyasa Times indicates that Angolan based James Sangala, who failed to arrive on Monday will jet-in the country on Wednesday.
Sangala, who is the Flames pillar in defence failed to show up on Monday due to visa problems.—(Additional reporting by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times)