At long last! Be Forward Wanderers midfield maestro Joseph Kamwendo and striker Peter Wadabwa are set to leave the country tomorrow afternoon for Japan where they will undergo trials with undisclosed clubs.
The duo’s trip to the Asian domain has been postponed a couple of times, but in a joint press statement the Nomads and their sponsors Be Forward (Japan) Limited made all the logistics surrounding the trip have now been finalised.
According to the communique released on Friday by the Nomads general secretary Mike Butao, Kamwendo and Wadabwa will undergo three-week trials.
“This is a continuation of an amazing relationship between the sponsors and the club which saw, for the first time ever, a Japanese player Genki Nakamura, playing professional football in Malawi.
“Be Forward wants to open doors for players in Malawi, in particular Wanderers to get lucrative deals in Japan and even beyond. Eventually, even coaches and administrators will also have a similar opportunity. Likewise, there will be movement from Japan to Malawi,” reads part of the press statement.
The two parties, according to the statement, believe that in the long run, the arrangement will help Wanderers become the best managed team in the land and help improve the standards of football in the country.
Kamwendo, whose distinguished playing career has seen him grace top leagues in Denmark, South Africa, DR Congo, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, said he is set for the trials.
“I don’t know how I can put it, suffice to say in everything I thank God Almighty because without him, I am nothing and I will always be grateful to the Nomads.
“This is yet another great opportunity for me and I will grab it with both hands. I want to thank my club’s management, technical panel and, above all the fans for being there for me always. I also want to assure them that I won’t let them down,” said the former Nordsjaellend, Caps United, Orlando Pirates, Vasco da Gama, TP Mazembe and Maculmana midfielder.
Wadabwa also expressed delight at the development, saying he will give it his best shot.
“I have been praying for another opportunity of playing abroad to open up and I am thankful to God for answering my prayers,” said the ex-Silver Strikers, Thanda Royal Zulu, Jomo Cosmos and Golden Arrows forward. n