‘Shakira’ mourns his friend Senzo


‘Shakira’ spent three years at Pirates between 2007-10 before being loaned to Vasco da Gama, from where he returned his homeland of Malawi with MTL Wanderers.

Kamwendo and Meyiwa stayed in the same complex in Buccleuch and spent a lot of time together when game-time wasn’t forthcoming during the Ruud Krol era.

“I would have definitely loved to have been in Durban over the weekend to pay my respects to my friend,” Kamwendo tells KickOff.com.

“We were very close during my time at Pirates as he was just as cheerful a character as me. We also stayed within shouting distance of each other in the same complex and our families knew each other very well.”

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Kamwendo, now at money-rich DRC club TP Mazembe, adds: “Since we were staying in the same complex we used to travel to training together and we were very supportive of each other’s situations of not being regulars, though he at times made fun of it.

“Even though I wasn’t a regular, I was always buzzing at training but then he would jokingly tell me that I will only get to play at training.

“What really stood out for was how positive he was during those difficult times, keeping his head up and reminding me about the need to keep on pushing.

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“His dream was always to get to where he was when he passed away and I am happy that he achieved part of his dreams. Playing football was a job that he didn’t do by accident, but one that he really wanted to do with all his heart.”

Kamwendo also talks about Meyiwa’s love for Malawian fish (chambo).

“Since we were just as good as neighbours I introduced him to chambo and he fell in love with it from the word go. Whenever I went home his biggest request was that I must bring him chambo.

“His good heart meant he always had an appetite for food as he was always game for a dish of chambo. Then he had this thing of shouting my name loudly, saying ‘Josephy ekse’ in that Malawian accent…he knew how to imitate the way people talk!”