Kinnah Phiri Malawian legend

by Michael Kachitsa

Born in Blantyre, Kinnah began playing football for local side Big Bullets F.C., and in 1982 was offered a contract by UAE club Sharjah SC. He was not allowed to leave the country, but he moved to Swaziland to play for Manzini Wanderers where he would finish his playing career.

Phiri was the inspiration behind the Malawi national football team’s finest hours in the late 1970s when Malawi twice won the East and Central Africa Challenge Cup. He scored 71 goals in 115 games.

He is currently joint 11th international top goal scorer in the world alongside the former German striker Miroslav Klose.