Flames towering defender Clement Kafwafwa is working his way up in Denmark with his club Lolland Falster Allianceâ€™s (LFA) promotion to the second tier league matched by his elevation to the captaincy.
â€œI feature either as a holding midfielder or a central defender and I scored from a corner last week. I was made captain after our promotion to the first division which is a rung away from the Super League,â€ said Kafwafwa in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
A captainâ€™s armband translates to more earnings.
The defender for the defunct MDC United was reacting to last weekâ€™s SportsXtra analysis headlined â€˜Height of Malawi Football Problemâ€™. The analysis explored how disregard for height of players was hindering Malawi footballersâ€™ prospect of signing for big European clubs. Kafwafwa stands at 1.9 metres.
Kafwafwa received a single call-up since Flames coach Kinnah Phiri took over the reigns in 2008 and has never played a competitive game since then.
â€œI respect what Kinnah has achieved with the Flames. It was a blessing in disguise being left out as I was able to devote my time to marketing diploma course. I am now aiming for a bachelorâ€™s degree. I will need something to fall back on after quitting sooner or later. I am just happy to get recognition in a foreign land,â€ he said.
Kafwafwa signed for Holbaek FC in 2003 at K300 000 (about $1 200) from MDC. He left for Lolland Faster Alliance in 2007. He has two more years remaining on his recently extended contract. Another Europe-based player is Dan Chitsulo who plays for a third-tier German team.