Malawi national football team seasoned midfielder, Joseph Kamwendo, has pleaded with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to honour players who hit the 100-cap mark for the Flames.
Kamwendo, who has 102 caps, was commenting on the Flames new blood that will travel to face Zimbabwe’s Warriors in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.
“I feel sorry to see players who have been with the national team for a long time being dumped and not been recognized,” said the former Orlando Pirates Wednesday.
“I blame you sports reporters. Kodi mukamati mukugwira ntchito, ndiye ntchito itiyo? Mukufuna tizichita kukuuzilani? Amwene mukukanika ntchitotu (You are failing to do your job). You need to push the FA to realise the importance of playing for the national team.
He added: “I have 100 [over] caps. Our former captain Peter Mponda also managed to do the same, but the nation is quiet. These youngsters will be encouraged to work hard if we honour those who have earned more caps’
Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, said they will take up the matter with government since the footballers serve the nation.
“They indeed need to be honored for being patriotic to the country. I support the suggestion. We need to discuss among ourselves on how best they can be rewarded for carrying the flag of Malawi. When players are retiring, it is vital to organise a testimonial match.”
Fam does not have records of most capped players, but United Kingdom-based football researcher, Mario Antoine, established that Young Chimodzi is the most capped with 154 games.
Chimodzi is also Malawi national football team’s highest scoring defender with 12 goals, trailed by Jack Chamangwana’s 10.
Kinnah Phiri is Malawi’s all-time top scorer with 67 goals in 110 games followed by Lawrence Waya’s 25 in 125 matches.
Meanwhile, Confederation of Africa Football (Caf) has rescheduled the Flames fixture against Zimbabwe from Saturday at Rufalo Stadium.
Malawi has two points from five games and anchor the group which Zimbabwe leads on eight points. The group winne will qualify for 2017 Gabon Afcon finals. Overall second-best across all groups will also sneak through.-The Daily Times