By Michael Kachitsa
Kennedy Malunga (born 14 May 1970) is a former Malawi international football midfielder who played for clubs in Malawi, South Africa and Belgium.
Born in Malawi, Malunga played football in the local league for MTL Wanderers. He joined South African side Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. with his brother, Holman, in August 1985.
He joined Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge K.S.V. for the 1987-88 season, but made only one competitive appearance for the club, while finishing sixth in the voting for 1987 African Player of the Year. He moved to K.V. Kortrijk the following season.
In 1990, Malunga returned to South Africa to play for Dynamos F.C. and Port Elizabeth Blackpool. He retired from his football career there in the early 1990s.
Former Malawi international midfielder, Kennedy ‘Senator’ Malunga was among top 10 African great players, who were nominated for the prestigious African Player of the Year award in 1987, finishing on position six.
What’s very interesting is that Kennedy, then playing for Club Brugge in Belgium, was ranked 6th with 24 points, beating Ghana’s great player Abedi Ayew Pele, then playing for Olympique Marseille in France who got 17 points and was placed number 8. Another notable African player, Cameroon’s Roger Milla, playing for Montpellier in France, got 14 points and was at position 10.