My best goal ever – Joseph Kamwendo

Boy-wonder Joseph ‘Shakila’ Kamwendo believes his wonder-strike against Chad was the best of his career and was happy it helped to spur Malawi to victory.

Earlier Kamwendo missed a penalty.

But the stunning goal on 72 minutes helped Malawi to advance to the next stage of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Receiving a square pass from Black Leopards midfielder Dave Banda, the former Orlando Pirates midfielder (now at Mighty Wanderers) Kamwendo released a rocket that hit the roof of the net to spark celebrations.

Kamwendo with a victory smile as Flames self-styled lifetime chief supporter, Raphael Nasimba,grabs his hand. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

“It was definitely the best goal I’ve scored so far,” Kamwendo told Nyasa Times.

“This means a lot for my career,” he said after the game.

Kamwendo, who is also the team’s stand-in vice captain, dedicated the win to Malawians and coach Kinnah Phiri in particular.

“The win was also good for the coach Kinnah Phiri who was under intense pressure,” said Kamwendo.

Kinnah has come under pressure in recent weeks from Malawi fans unhappy about the team’s tendency to draw games, so a victory on Saturday was a major boost for the former international. The player hoisted him after the match but he could not grant interviews to the media.

However, assistant coach Young Chimodzi praised the players “for giving out their best” and paid tribute to the vociferous fans.

“This is the time to encourage the players and football coaches. This win has given us some strength,” said Chimodzi.

“We said before the game that it was a must-win to give ourselves the best possible chance of qualifying, so more than anything I’m pleased with the comfortable 2-0 win,” he told Nyasa Times.

Malawi will now play in the final round of two-legged ties later this year to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 finals in South Africa.

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