Former Mighty Wanderers captain Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo has pledged to reward the Nomads with K200 000 (about $500) for defending the Standard Bank Knockout Trophy.
The club’s general secretary David Kanyenda said yesterday that, initially, the Mozambique-based midfielder had pledged to reward all the 18 players who were in the line-up that beat Silver Strikers 1-0 in the final at the weekend with K10 000 (about $25) each, but the players have since agreed that all the 26 registered players should share Kamwendo’s K200 000 equally.
“We are grateful to him for ploughing back into the team that propelled him to where he is. Not many players remember where they have come from,” said Kanyenda.
He also said the club’s board of trustees chairperson Rashid ‘Rashy’ Gaffar has fulfilled his K250 000 (about $625) pledge while the rest, including honorary trustee Aslam Gaffar, will do so within the week.
Kamwendo, who delights in the glory as one of the best players to have starred for the Lali Lubani Road outfit, said the gesture is out of the passion he has for the Nomads.
“Wanderers is dearest to my heart. This is a team that gave me the platform to showcase my skills to a wider audience and for that, I will always be grateful,” said Kamwendo.
Kamwendo, who plays for newly crowned Mozambican champions Liga Maculmana, has had stints with the Nomads in between his spells with foreign teams—Caps United (Zimbabwe), FC Nordesjaelland (Denmark) and Orlando Pirates (South Afrrica).
His achievements include being the only foreigner to be named Zimbabwe’s footballer of the year. He was also voted Malawi’s footballer of the year twice.