Malawi football legend Ernest Mtawali has been named among 18 former African stars to play in a match to commemorate Equatorial Guinea’s 50 years of independence.
The African football legends, drawn from six African nations—Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa, Malawi and Ivory Coast—will play against ex- Equatorial Guinea internationals on October 10 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, according to a statement from Equatorial Guinea Football Federaiton.
“Super stars who played football at the highest level and achieved undisputable success like former Liverpool star and twice Afcon winner Rigobert Song, former Everton wonder working forward and 1994 Afcon winner Daniel Amokachi plus 1988 Afcon winner Francois Oman Biyik and holder of two Uefa Champions League medals and Afcon Geremi Njitap, will all be a part of the unprecedented event,” reads the statement from Equtorial Guinea FA.
Mtawali confirmed being invited for the match, saying it is an honour to be recognised as one the continent’s great footballers.
“I really appreciate the recognition,” said the former Flames coach.
Other players on the list include Cyrille Makanaky (Cameroon), Doctor Khumalo (South Africa), Kingsley Amunike (Nigeria), Abdoulaye Traore (Ivory Coast),
Mtawali’s career took him around the world between 1984 and 2001.
He trekked to South Africa in 1984, where he spent most of his career, playing for Welkom Real Hearts, Bloemfontein Celtic, Sundowns FC, Orlando Pirates, Hellenic FC and Ajax Cape Town.
He also had short spells with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, Toulouse in France and in the United Arab Emirates.