Orlando Pirates midfielder Josephy Kamwendo believes that this is the year for him to move on and play in Europe again, but first he has the small matter of the African Nations Cup.
Kamwendo, who was man of the match on Tuesday in an international friendly between Malawi and Ghana told KickOff.com that he feels he has done all he was supposed to do with Pirates.
“I have enjoyed my stay at Pirates. It has been a good three years and, just like in life, one has to grow and see other things in football. I think I have reached that stage now to move on,” he said.
Kamwendo, who left South Africa today for Angola with his Flames team-mates, says he is ready to shine in the Afcon in a bid to attract an overseas move.
“You don’t play to attract the attention of talent scouts, but to help the team. But in so doing you can impress scouts with overseas links who are looking for good players. I will just go out there, play football and enjoy myself and the rest will follow,” he added.
Kamwendo has not seen much action at the Buccaneers despite pressure on the coach from supporters who want to see him play.
His contract with the Sea Robbers expires at the end of the season and at this stage renewal negotiations between the two parties have not yet started.
In the five games he has played for Malawi in the past few months Kamwendo has won four Player of the Match awards, including honours against Ivory Coast and Egypt.
“I am not concentrating on the contract issue right now. My focus is on the duty at hand and that is to play for my country and help the team reach the next stage of the Nations Cup.
“Who knows, maybe we are the surprise package this time around. The last time we were in Afcon was 25 years ago and it’s our chance now to show the world that Malawi is a football power house too,” Kamwendo added.