On-and-off Flames striker Chawanangwa Kawonga has helped Clube de Desportos da Costa do Sol to clinch the Mozambique top-flight league, the Mocambola, ending the club’s 12-year title drought.
Kawonga scored a brace in his club’s 4-2 victory over Flames captain John CJ Banda’s UD Songo to clinch the 2019 championship.
Costa do Sol have won the title with a game to spare as they have an unassailable 66 points from 29 games while deposed champions UD Songo are second with 60 points from same number of games.
Kawonga, who has so far netted 10 goals, said he was excited to win his first Mocambola title.
“It has been a good season for us. We really worked and deserved the championship,” he said.
Banda, who joined UD Songo on a season-long deal after three years with Ferraviario de Nampula, applauded Kawonga for helping his club win the championship.
“As it is Costa do Sol are champions. Even if we win our last game, we will still finish at 63 points. I would like to congratulate Chawanangwa and his team mate Mathews Sibale [also from Malawi] on their success,” he said.
CJ Banda also pleaded with Flames coach Meck Mwase to consider monitoring Malawian players playing in the Mocambola League.
“We have Chawanangwa and other Malawian players who are doing very well in Mocambola. I wish the Flames coach would give them a chance.
“I know it is tough to monitor them, but I wish he could come here and watch them play,” he said.
Apart from CJ Banda and Kawonga, other Malawian players in Mozambique include Ndaziona Chatsalira (Ferroviario Nacala), Charles Swini (UD Songo), Frank Banda (UD Songo), Peter Wadabwa (Desportivo de Maputo) and Moses Chavula (ENH de Vilankulos).