Be Forward Wanderers are set to loan out their legendary midfielder Joseph Kamwendo following a meeting they had with him on Monday.
The battle-hardened midfielder recently tendered his resignation to the Lali Lubani Road outfit citing the team’s failure to fulfil its contractual obligation as the reason.
Kamwendo—who is linked with a move to newly-promoted Masters Security—confirmed the meeting in an interview with The Nation yesterday and that he is set to join a small team in Lilongwe although he kept its identity under wraps.
“I had a very fruitful meeting with the vice-chairperson [Gift Mkandawire] and the general secretary [Mike Butao] and I pleaded with them to understand my situation and release me for this year only so that I can attend to my sick mum.
“The discussion touched on a variety of issues, including my recent trip to Japan and they asked me if my decision was made out of anger following the failed trials, but I told them that it had nothing to do with that and that to the contrary, it is because of my sick mother.
“I reiterated to them that Wanderers will always have a special place in my heart. I love that team. There were speculations linking me with Silver, but that is not true. The fact is I will play for a small team based in Lilongwe for the period that I want to be close to my mother,” he said.
To that effect, Kamwendo admitted that the reasons he gave for his resignation were not a true reflection of why he wanted to move, saying: “To be honest it has nothing to do with contractual obligations.”
According to our findings, Kamwendo has already agreed terms with Masters Security who hosted him at a posh hotel in Lilongwe recently in the course of their discussions.
Butao also confirmed the meeting, saying: “He requested that we loan him for the first round only to a Lilongwe team which is not deemed our competitor like Epac and Masters Security to allow him sort out the issue of his mum.
“Our response was that we will revert after consulting the rest of the executive committee.”
Masters Security owner and patron Alfred Gangata said he will comment on the issue at an “appropriate time.”
The ambitious Super League bound side is also courting on-and-off Flames forward Robin Ngalande.
“Discussions are still on-going and hopefully we should agree on a deal soon,” said Gangata.
However, Ngalande recently ruled out the possibility of joining the reigning Chipiku Central Region Football Association Premier League champions. n