South Africa’s Bafana Bafana legends will start arriving in the country today ahead of Joseph ‘JK’ Kamwendo’s testimonial match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this Saturday.
The testimonial match will see JK Select taking on a Flames legends side that will be dominated by the ‘Class of 2010’, which qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Angola. Kamwendo was part of the squad.
The event’s organising committee spokesperson Prince Chikweba said the first to arrive will be former defender Tonic Tshabalala, who played with Kamwendo at Orlando Pirates.
“Next to arrive will be the celebrated forward Sibusiso Zuma and Lucky Lekgwathi on Friday. We are also waiting for a confirmation from another Bafana legend Joseph Makhanya,” he said.
Zuma, who was Kamwendo’s team-mate at Vasco Da Gama in South Africa, boasts 67 appearances for Bafana and played for Danish giants FC Copenhagen. He also played for Pirates in South Africa and Armenia Bielefeld in Germany.
Lekgwathi has 14 Bafana caps and is arguably Pirates’ most successful captain, having captained them to six trophies in two seasons (between 2010 and 2012) while Makhanya made 140 appearances for Pirates between 2000 and 2011.
Others that will feature in JK Select side are Flames legends Patrick ‘General’ Mabedi, Gift Zakazaka, Albert Mpinganjira, McDonald Yobe and Kachibowo Malunga.
Peter Mponda is expected to lead the Flames Legends who will also include James Sangala, Fischer Kondowe, Swadick Sanudi, Peter Mgangira, Jimmy Zakazaka, Elvis Kafoteka, Russell Mwafulirwa, Allan Kamanga, Vales Kamzere, Emmanuel Chipatala, Jacob Ngwira, Fundi Akidu and Maupo Msowoya.
South Africa-based forward Atusaye Nyondo is also expected in the country tomorrow specifically for the match.
“I am happy that things are working out and I urge the fans to come in their large numbers so that I can bid farewell to them in a very special way after years of serving the nation,” said Kamwendo, who at 104 caps, is one of the most capped Flames players.
Mponda said they are prepared to give their fellow legend a deserved special farewell. Spectators are set to pay K1 000 at open stands, K3 000 MBC Stand, K5 000 Covered Stands and K10 000 VIP Stand.