Legendary midfielder Joseph Kamwendo is targeting 10 foreign-based players, including Flames duo Limbikani Mzava and Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango for his testimonial match slated for February 29 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Kamwendo said they also include South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates legends Sibusiso Zuma, Teko Modise, Joseph Makhanya, Lebohang Mokoena, Lucky Lekgwathi and the Buccaneers current captain Happy Jele.
The others are former Zambian international Isaac Chansa whom he played with at Pirates and Chongo Kabaso of DRC outfit TP Mazembe.
The former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder, who announced his retirement recently, said he will feature for the foreign-based legends side which will also have former Flames players such as Gift Zakazaka, Albert Mpinganjira and Kachibowo Malunga.
“I have already contacted all the 10 players and in principle they have agreed to come. But for those that are active such as Jele, Gabadinho, Mzava and Kabaso, I am in the process of requesting for their release from their clubs,” he said.
Kamwendo, who also played for Nordsjaelland in the Danish top-flight league, Caps United in Zimbabwe, TP Mazembe in DRC and Clube de Maculmana in Mozambique, said a committee organising the testimonial match has been set up and is headed by Stevie Madeira.
He said his team will face a side dominated by players who were in the Flames team that qualified for 2010 Africa Cup of Nations which he was part of.
The team will comprise the likes of Peter Mponda, James Sangala, Swadick Sanudi, Jimmy Zakazaka, Peter Mgangira, Fischer Kondowe, Allan Kamanga, Elvis Kafoteka, Russell Mwafulirwa, Emmanuel Chipatala, Vales Kamzere, Jacob Ngwira, McDonald Yobe, Fundi Akidu and Maupo Msowoya.
Madeira said the organising committee had its first meeting on Thursday and are working on logistics.
“It’s a bit too early to say anything at this stage, but we should call for a press conference soon,” he said.