Wanderers general secretary George Chamangwana on Wednesday insisted that it was Kamwendo who misled them that he was heading for Turkey via Vietnam. His air ticket shows Thailand as the final destination.
“He approached us seeking release that he is going to Vietnam from where he was to eventually get papers and proceed to Scotland then Turkey for further trials. I believed him and that is what he also told the media,” Chamangwana said at his Blantyre office over his earlier claims that Kamwendo was going to Turkey.
“We are still in the dark over his whereabouts. The biggest challenge is that he joined us as a free agent and he is dealing directly with the agent [Gibby Kibiringe] organising his trials. But we could have handled the matter better. We apologise to the nation for all this. Next time, we will ask for all details to avoid all this.”
A copy of KamwendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s air ticket shows that he boarded a Kenya Airways flight at Kamuzu International Airport on January 3 at 1.15pm and was expected to arrive at KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jomo Kenyata International Airport at 4.25pm.
The ticket also showed that he would depart Kenya at 5.35pm the same day for India where he was expected to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai at 2.10 am. From India, he was expected to proceed to Bangkong, Thailand where his flight was expected to touch down at Suivarnabhumi International Airport on January 4 at 1.15pm.
The return ticket shows that Kamwendo will return home on February 4 2012. Global Sports Link, presumably the agents from Scotland brokering the trials, booked the flights through Satguru Travel and Tours Service of Kigali, Rwanda.
The Nation could not trace on Fifa website Global Sports as among player agents. The firm had also not responded to an e-mail as we went to press.
There is more mist on KamwendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trip as the visa for his trip to Asia was applied by Hanoi Football Club JSC of Vietnam. The visa, a copy of which The Nation has, shows that Kamwendo must have travelled to Vietnam alongside Flames striker Russell Mwafulirwa and Ivorian, Didier Sery Logbo.
“In regard to your letter of December 27 2011, numbered 06, requesting permission for three people to enter and exit Vietnam for the purpose of playing football. The three people are permitted to enter and exit Vietnam one time from 27/12/2011 to 15/01/2012,” reads the copy of the visa which the Cuc Quan Ly XNC Immigration Department issued.