Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Joseph Kamwendo has, through his Joseph Kamwendo Foundation in Malawi, called for more financial and material support towards the Covid-19 fight.
He said he wants to contribute to the grooming of the next generation of sports starts through his Foundation while also addressing social challenges affecting the community.
“We are looking at all talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds and nurture them into future stars. We are looking at the age groups of 14 to 16 across sports disciplines such as netball, women’s football, and men’s football,” Kamwendo told FARPost.
“Now, in view of Covid-19 our focus is on spreading the message on preventive measures such as washing hands regularly. This disease is deadly. If we are not careful, it can wipe us out. We, therefore, ask for more financial and material support so that we can reach out to more people with preventive messages.”
Kamwendo, who also played for other top teams such as TP Mazembe in the DRC, urged well-wishers to support the foundation in the preventive measures against Covid-19.
He said the Foundation wants to make donations of preventive materials such as soap and hand sanitizers in addition to conducting awareness campaigns, hence the call for support.
Kamwendo retired from football last month and hosted a testimonial match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on March 7, 2020.
At the time of going to press, 33 cases and three deaths had been registered in Malawi. So far, three people have recovered from the disease.
The Malawi government wanted to introduce a 21-day lockdown from May 9, 2020 but the decision was challenged in court by some human rights activists.
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FARPost’s Africa correspondent