Sandras ‘Chopper ‘ Kumwenda the football assassin
Sandras Kumwenda was born on 27 July 1976 in the small town of the Eastern province called lundazi. He is the third child in the family of nine.
SANDRAS KUMWENDA EARLY FOOTBALL DAYS
He began his football career in Chipata in the early 90s and his first club was Indeco East FC a Luangwa bicycle plant sponsored side in the amateur league before joining Municipal Wanderers in Chipata then later joined co-ops united for a short stint before joining another Chipata based club called Hostel rangers before leaving the country for Botswana.
HIS DAYS AS A PROFESSIONAL PLAYER.
In 1997, He left Hostel Rangers FC for Botswana where he went to join Boteti Young fighters sporting club. Whilst in Botswana, he became a household name with his scoring exploits. He played in Botswana premier league just for a season with his records earning him a move to Zimbabwean giants, Dynamos FC. Whilst in Zimbabwe with Dynamos FC, he won many honors with the team among them was the chibuku cup, Zimbabwe charity shield among others.
His prime time with the team was when he helped them reach the 1998 CAF Champions League finals where they lost 4-2 on aggregate against Ivorian side Asec Mimosas. He played for Dynamos FC from 1998-2000. Whilst in Zimbabwe, Sandras kumwenda was nicknamed CHOPPER.
The ZamFoot crew caught up with the 44-year-old to talk about the Chopper. nickname and his career as a whole.
“Dynamos fans likened me to a famous musician by the name of Simon”chopper” Chimbetu who is now late,” he said.
“The name came about because they said I used to land on every opponent’s net to bang goals for Dynamos FC, I wasn’t caring who the opponents were all I could do was to force the ball to land into the oppositions net,” he added.
In 2001 he moved to South Africa to join another Dynamos FC who by that time was campaigning in National First Division, during the 2001/2000 season he helped them win promotion to Premier Soccer League (PSL), and in midseason of 2002/2003, he left the club while it was playing in the PSL.
In 2007, he went to Swaziland to play for eleven men inflight FC just for six months ending his professional career.
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
It was his time at Zimbabwe giants Dynamos FC when he earned himself a call to the national team were he played along with the greats, the likes of Mwape miti, Denis lota, Davies Phiri, the late Hillary Makasa, Peter Chitila, Moses sichone, Andrew Sinkala, Dabid Chilufya, the late Collins mbulo, Gift Kampamba, Bubble, Mordon,chintu, Milanzi,kilambe, Elija Tana, Chanda mwape, Perry Mutapa and Osward Mutapa the list is endless under the tutelage of The late George Mungwa and the late Bonface Simutowe, may their souls rest in peace.
Revealing to Zamfoot Crew as one of the goals he remembers to have scored was a lone goal for the chipolopolo in 1999 cosafa outing.
“Yes, it was during the Cosafa game against Lesotho in Lesotho we where booted out in penalties in the quarter-finals. We were beaten 5 -1 and I scored that one,” he said.
HIS PLAYING DAYS IN ZAMBIA PREMIER LEAGUE AND NATIONAL DIVISION ONE SOUTH
After returning from professional stints, he joined Lusaka Dynamos in 2006 and played for the club just for a season. In 2007 he returned to his home Province Eastern and joined Petauke United as a coach-player just for few months before he again left the same year to join Swaziland outfit eleven men inflight FC who by then was the tutelage of Evans Sakala. He spent just six months there and decided to finally return to Petauke United under the previous capacity, coach-player.
While at Petauke United, he helped the team win promotion to FAZ Division One.Talking to the Zamfoot Crew about his time at Petauke United.
“I have so many happy moments, being the first team in the province to play division one in 2008 and 2009 seasons and I was top goal scorer all the two seasons, People of Petauke are so passionate about football they support their team,” he said.
Sandras Kumwenda decided to hang up the boots in 2014. He then became a full-time Coach and currently holds a CAF B coaching license. In 2018 he left Petauke United to go and coach Chipata City Council FC who were playing in one of the four Division one zones at that time. In 2019 he moved to solwezi where he is now the head coach for solwezi United a team owned by solwezi municipal council.
Speaking of where he wants to see himself soon as a coach, he revealed to the zamfoot crew that “Its every Coach’s dream to Coach at a professional club.”
He also went on to say that he wants his son wezi kumwenda who plays for police college to emulate him and don the chipolopolo jersey one day.
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