Fungai Muderere in Blantyre, Malawi
FORMER Warriors and Caps United goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro has been invited by his former teammate at Makepekepe Joseph Kamwendo to feature in his testimonial match that will be played at Malawi’s Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Kamwendo (35), a former Malawi and Caps United diminutive midfielder, announced his retirement from professional football at the end of last year after turning out for Malawi’s Wanderers. He took advantage of the recent Chicken Inn tour to Malawi to personally meet Murambadoro who was recently hired as the Gamecocks goalkeepers’ coach.
“My great friend Energy, whom we had some unforgettable moments during our days at Caps United is part of the Kamwendo first 11 that will take on Flames Legends in my testimonial match. I have also invited Sibusiso Zuma from South Africa to come and grace the occasion. The testimonial match will be played at Kamuzu Stadium on 7 March,” said Kamwendo who happens to be the first foreigner to be bestowed the Soccer Star of the Year in Zimbabwe.
Murambadoro said: “I was so happy to meet Kamwendo after a long time. He was a fine player and I always enjoyed his company during our days at Caps United. I will certainly make it for his testimonial match.” Shakira, as Kamwendo is affectionately known, was named Zimbabwe’s 2005 Soccer Star of the Year and he later moved to Denmark where he joined Nordsjaelland and played for one season.
He returned to Malawi and rejoined Wanderers for one season before being signed by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and won the Telkom Knockout Cup, Vodacom Super Challenge Cup and the Charity Shield. The pint-sized Kamwendo was signed by Pirates after being spotted playing for the Malawi national team during the Cosafa tournament in Swaziland in 2007.
He was later loaned to Vasco da Gama in 2010 but his stay in South Africa was cut short as he was forced to return to Malawi. He rejoined Wanderers where he played for two seasons. In 2013, Kamwendo moved to Mozambique and after a successful stint he reportedly got signed by TP Mazembe where he won three league titles before being loaned to CS Don Bosco.
After completing his loan season at Bosco, Kamwendo was back in Malawi and he joined Wanderers for the fourth time and eventually played for the club till the day he announced his retirement. With Nomads, Kamwendo won the league title and several cup competitions. He had 117 Caps for the Malawi national team where he captained the Flames for four years. He now coaches Walter Nyamilandu Football Academy.