Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo has secured a loan move to another DR Congo top-flight league side Don Bosco from his club TP Mazembe.
Kamwendo, who had been reduced to a sideshow at the star-studded Mazembe, confirmed in an interview yesterday that his wish was granted after meeting his club’s president Moise Katumbi.
Nicknamed Salesians, Don Bosco is a feeder side for Mazembe and is owned by Katumbi’s son and is also based in Lubumbashi.
“Yes, my wish has been granted. I was longing for game time and I had no choice but to meet the club president himself to request for a loan move.
“Fortunately, the boss [Katumbi] understood my situation after I explained to him that I am no longer being considered for national duty because I am not playing at Mazembe,” said Kamwendo, adding that he has been loaned out alongside five other teammates.
He added: “Don Bosco is a very competitive side which will be playing in a CAF tournament next year and I am relieved. However, the move has not been finalised yet, but I am hopeful that it should be concluded by next week.”
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali said he is delighted that Kamwendo has secured a loan move.
“He sent me message informing me that he had secured a loan move and I was happy for him because when I called him to explain the reasons I had dropped him for the Afcon qualifier against Swaziland, I actually made that suggestion [loan move].
“It is not that he is finished. All that Joseph is lacking now is game time and I am absolutely certain that he will bounce back,” said Mtawali.
Apart from Kamwendo, other experienced players that were dropped from the team that faced Swaziland were Esau Kanyenda, Atusaye Nyondo, Harry Nyirenda, Frank Banda, Fischer Kondowe and Charles Swini while Robert Ng’ambi was reduced to the bench.