Kamwendo opts for Belgium

CAPS United’s Malawian midfielder Joseph Kamwendo has changed his mind on joining Hungarian top club Ujpest and has instead decided to join Belgian top-flight league side Germinal Beerschot.Kamwendo’s dramatic change of heart follows a me

eting with his Caps boss Twine Phiri this week.The 20-year-old wonder kid said all the necessary arrangements with the Belgian club have been finalised and he is set to leave for Brussels on December 15.


“I was in a dilemma because there were these two offers from Europe. Initially my heart was at Ujpest because the offer was slightly better as compared to Beerschot.”But after wide consultations with family members and personal advisors, I have settled for Beerschot. I also had a meeting with Mr Phiri (Caps United director) and everything has been agreed.


“In fact my visa has already been processed and I will be flying to Belgium mid-next month to sign an outright contract,” explained Kamwendo in a telephone interview from his base Harare.But why opt for a team that is offering less in terms of package?


“It’s not all about money, you know . . . I have been advised that Belgium is where I can develop further and find opportunities of playing in the other top European leagues,” he said.Among other things, the Hungarian side was offering Kamwendo 16 000 euros (about $1,25 billion) signing-on fees for a six-month contract.


But he could not disclose how much Beerschot are offering him.The Belgium deal has been oiled by Caps United who have direct ties with Beerschot.


Kamwendo’s manager Felix Sapawo said he respects his client’s decision although he preferred Ujpest FC.


“There is nothing I can do, Joseph has made his decision. But Beerschot are currently struggling in the Belgian top league, they are second from the bottom,” said Sapawo.Euro Club Services’ agent Gino Laureyssen, who was facilitating the Hungarian deal, also said he had accepted the player’s decision.


“Well, if he has opted for Beerschot then that’s fine, we certainly cannot force him. He is a talented lad and is destined for greatness if he looks after himself,” said Laureyssen. – The Nation (Malawi).