10 October 2016 Last updated at: 2:30 AM
Fischer Kondowe : ‘My legs are not tired yet’
Nyasa Big Bullets’ longest serving player Fischer Kondowe has yet again rubbished calls for him to retire.
‘’It unfortunate that people have talked a lot about me hanging boots, I hold my reservations because the spirits are not dead in me,’’ said Kondowe.
Anong’a as Kondowe is fondly known told Malawi24 at the end of the People’s Team 1 nil win over rivals Be Forward Wanderers on Saturday that he is improving his game and that is what he has been working on over the years.
He says he only focuses on his career: ‘’I have given a deaf ear to the speculations and various reports about my quitting.”
In the Blantyre derby he let pass some thrilling nutmegs on Jaffalie Chande and his experience was all what gave the Wanderers defence a tough time.
But the dreadlocked star could not hide his excitement at winning the derby over old rivals Nomads.
‘’You see this is one of the big games we play every year. We needed to win this one and we are happy,” he said.
Asked on whether the youthful starlets Anzeru Joseph, Maneno Nyoni and Collen Nkhulambe are new blood that the Bullets family will like in the next years, he said the interesting fact is that the lads are quick learners.
“You talk of Anzeru and Nkhulambe, they are learning so fast. We are happy to have them here,” he said while maintaining he will still serve Bullets.
A quick Internet search shows that Kondowe was born on November 6, 1976 (39) but he has in a couple of interviews with the media refused to state his real age just as coy as he has been to reveal about his much awaited retirement.
However, according to a player profile on FIFA’s website, Kondowe was born on 11 June 1982 (34 years-old).
The midfielder 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 to Bloemfontein Celtic in 2008. At Black Leopards he played until 2011.
Anong’a has been with the national team since 2002 according to Internet sources. 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 registering 6 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.