Former Be Forward Wanderers and Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo says he has returned home to save the Nomads from the struggles they are going through.
Kamwendo, who is back from South Africa after terminating his year-long contract with South African National First Division (NFD) side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC, says Wanderers deserve better.
“I have come to save my people [Nomads]! I have faced a lot of challenges in my life, which cannot be discussed here.
“However, after giving it a deep thought, I realised that it was better to return home and save my people before I retire [from active football],” he was quoted by d Mibawa Television as having said.
“These people deserve better. It’s not about me; it’s about them. I can say it right now; I am going to die for them. I will start training immediately. I am a Nomad and there is no need for me to have a contract first before I start training.”
And in an interview yesterday, the former Wanderers said the reception and encouragement he got from Wanderers supporters when he watched the Nomads suffer a 1-3 home defeat to Blue Eagles in the TNM Super League on Sunday doubled his desire to return to the club.
Kamwendo added that it is a blessing in disguise for the Nomads to suffer defeats earlier in the season as they have ample time to rectify their problems and get back into contention for league and cup glories.
But Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire said Kamwendo is welcome to the club as long as they hold fruitful negotiations.
“He has not contacted us, so there is nothing we can do. But we recognise that he is our son and Wanderers is his home, where he can play or be given a different role depending on negotiations,” he said.
Kamwendo, who previously had stints with Caps United (Zimbabwe), Nordsjaelland (Denmark), Orlando Pirates (South Africa), Club de Maculmana (Mozambique) and TP Mazembe (DRC), signed a one-year deal with the South African second-tier league side after a successful trial in January this year.
His departure from TTM followed that of his compatriot Atusaye Nyondo, who quit just weeks after signing for a one-and-a-half years deal.
Nyondo was quoted by www.kickoff.com as having lodged a complaint to South Africa’s Players Union against the outfit over unpaid dues. n