Malawi skipper Kamwendo refuses to be substituted

Malawi national team Captain Joseph Kamwendo refused to be substituted during the team’s 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe in a Group L qualifying match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday afternoon.

Dejected Kamwendo and Nyondo...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Dejected Kamwendo and Nyondo…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Veterans Esau Kanyenda and Fischer Kondowe on the bench....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Veterans Esau Kanyenda and Fischer Kondowe were left  on the bench….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Flames were humiliated at home by Zimbabwe Warriors, who arrived in Malawi by road a few hours before the game.

With the scores tied at 1-1 in the second half, Head coach Young Chimodzi told his Captain to pave way for Gerald Phiri Jnr but Kamwendo defied the order, leaving his boss with no option but to substitute Dziko Mkanda for Esau Kanyenda.

Surprisingly, soon after the substitution, Kamwendo gave Kanyenda the Captain armband in an act of anger that even left his team-mates puzzled.

”Initially Kamwendo was earmarked for substitution at half-time but he was having none of it’ and was not prepared to listen to the coach,” revealed one of the Flames players.

Kamwendo’s defiance and weird behaviour towards his coach confirms reports of divisions in Flames’ camp.

And, although Kamwendo turned down his coach’s orders, Flames failed to use home advantage and beat the Warriors despite good display.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe defied the odds and got their AFCON 2017 qualifying campaign to a great start beating Malawi 2-1.

Malawi head coach Young Chimodzi on Friday said his team won’t have any excuses if they fail to beat Zimbabwe.

The Flames of Malawi have had great preparations for the game and had been in camp since the Cosafa Cup while the Warriors preparations had been a disaster.

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Chrisntin Kapiseni
6 years ago

Koma amasewera ku TP mazembe ameneyu mdakayika

Kalithera
Kalithera
6 years ago

Coach amene adzaikenso golo boyi uyu mukuti Mcdonald Harawa pagolo la Flames yake izathera pompo, zitsiru za ma coach ,Young ndi Jack, inu simunaone ku cosafa kuja mene Harawa anatiluzisira ndi Mozambique , ndi mmene Swini anabathira mpira tsiku la finals

A Wachiona Ndani
A Wachiona Ndani
6 years ago

Chichewano tsopano.Inu ma coach ntchito mwazichotsa nokha chifukwa chongokhala pansi mkumawonela mpira mmalo mogwira ntchito yanu,mumenyesa bwanji team yopanda goalkeeper? Ife timawona kuti pagoal palibe munthu,olo a esau, akamwendo ndi amalata mmati azitani ground,we want the team that played in south africa basi,kupatula goalkeeper ndi malata,try swin or?????

emmanuel
emmanuel
6 years ago

the player is not bigger than the team don’t say that he was denied from substitute thats i maturity did you tell the responsible person for the disagreement ?

Mr Chifumbu
6 years ago

Old people are useless, Young Chimodzi & Jack Chamangwana are old, now you can draw a conclusion

Monday Coach
Monday Coach
6 years ago

Please Mtawali can you find the list of boys who played in south Africa during COSAFA except few who were scoring in their own goals. Please use that team. For sure it will deliver not the Kanyendas, Kamwendos,Nyondos, Harawas. These players are useless and are big headed.

kanyimbi
kanyimbi
6 years ago

Do you remember that a certain European Flames coach removed the captain from Kamwendo and gave it to Moses Chavula? The guy is not capable of being a captain and his football is too slow for modern mid fields. No wonder he just warm benches in foreign clubs. Useless creature. Why showing arrogance?

Pata phiri
Pata phiri
6 years ago

Suspend him for life even at club levels

Mbwiye wofatsa
Mbwiye wofatsa
6 years ago

I hope thd team was the one which brought the COSAFA Plate.Why bringing bad players who deny to be substituted? Don’t call again these miserable players.Am fed up.Stupid

austin
austin
6 years ago

Where is the team that played in RsA.Player kulamula coach? No wonder we lost poor leadership skills.Coach go we need a coach who can’t fear players.Remember he denied a friendly aganst Zambia y calling?taona wakuchotsestsa ntchito..

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