…may retire sooner than expected
His legs might not be tired yet so might his muscles and strenuous sprints he is fondly known of, but Nyasa Big Bullets veteran Fischer Kondowe may be hanging his boots soon, latest information reaching this site has shown.
It is reported that ever since his fellow old player James Chilapondwa retired at the end of the last season, Kondowe has been receiving numerous calls to resign from fans who argue that he has done his part and advise him to pick mentor ship role either at the Super League giants or other teams other than labor on the field of play.
He has incessantly said he does not want to be forced to retire.
A quick Internet search shows that he was born on November 6, 1976 (39) but he has in a couple of interviews with the media refused to state his real age much he also been coy to reveal about his much awaited retirement.
However, according to a player profile on FIFA’s website, Kondowe was born on 11 Jun 1982 (34 years-old).
This is one of the cases in which Malawian players have been caught in the cob web of failing to state their real age.
The age issue also haunted Gabadihno Mhango who had up to ‘three ages’ to his credit.
But seeing him play over the weekend in the team’s 1 nil win over Zimbabwe’s Dynamos in Blantyre could not ameliorate any calls for him to call it quits.
In December last year, Anong’a as he is fondly known maintained he sees no reason to hang his boots. In a Facebook post made under an account which some sources say does not belong to the former Black Leopards player he ironically implied that he sees no one as his replacement at Bullets.
“You do not just stop playing active soccer as if you have been evicted from a rent house; you are required to stop when things are in order.
“I have already made a name in the football family, so I have to help Mac Fallen by advising him what to do, therefore when I will get satisfied with his performance is when I will retire from active game of soccer,” Kondowe said.
The midfielder has played for Bullets (then Bakili Bullets) from 2002-05 before joining Bush Bucks for a year after which he sealed a move to Black Leopards and got loaned out Bloemfontein Celtic in 2008. At Black Leopard he played until 2011.
He has been with the national team since 2002 according to Internet searches. Throughout those years Kondowe has been a fixture on the wings for the Malawi national team.
His profile on FIFA’s website indicates that he has been involved in 35 matches out of which the national team, the Flames managed to win 21, losing 8 and just 6 as draws.
He has played for the Flames with the likes of Peter Mponda, Maupo Msowoya, Hellings Mwakasangura, and Peter Mgangira who all have called it quits.
As evidence of his dwindling influence on the local football scene, he has not made it to the current Flames squad which plays Guinea this month in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The latest slip now is that his captaincy at the Super League side has been stripped off by the club and has been given to Chiukepo Msowoya.
Despite the People’s Team statutes that captaincy is held by a player for just a year, it is reported that Kondowe is getting out of favour at Bullets, no wonder in the last games of the Super League last season, he spared himself a couple of times by coming on as a substitute and not being used yet he had been a key first choice player before the controversies about his age sparked up.
It remains a question on whether he deserves to call it quits or whether his nerves can prove the age factor wrong.