The 34-year-old former Dwangwa United, Jomo Cosmos, Rostov FC and Polokwane City forward has penned a one and a half year deal with Be Forward Wanderers.
Essau Kanyenda has joined the Nomads following the expiry of his contract with Polokwane City.
Last week, South Africa’s KickOff magazine reported that Kanyenda had announced his retirement from active football by reiterating his desire to launch a coaching career in Malawi.
However, soon after putting pen to paper, Kanyenda told reporters that he is not yet done with football.
“Those were just rumours but I didn’t announce my retirement from football, I am not yet done with football and I am looking forward to helping Be Forward Wanderers succeed in the ongoing season,” he said.
Wanderers are short of strikers following lengthy injuries to Amos Bello and Peter Wadabwa.
Kanyenda is one of the most decorated strikers to have played for the Malawi national team.
He was part of the squad that made it to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. He also helped the Flames to reach the finals of Cosafa Castle Cup between 2002 and 2003.
The striker is the only Malawian player to have played in the UEFA Champions League. He featured in the competition when he was playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.