Essau Kanyenda

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Essau Kanyenda
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Personal information
Full name Essau Boxer Kanyenda
Date of birth (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Dedza, Malawi
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1998–1999 FC Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 FC Dwasco 60 (47)
2001–2003 Jomo Cosmos 46 (26)
2003–2005 Rostov 63 (16)
2005–2007 Lokomotiv Moscow 3 (0)
2006–2007Rostov (loan) 44 (10)
2008–2010 KAMAZ 44 (21)
2010Rotor Volgograd (loan) 27 (7)
2011 Dynamo Bryansk 12 (0)
2012 B93 5 (0)
2012–2017 Polokwane City 99 (22)
National team
2000–2015 Malawi 63 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Essau Boxer Kanyenda (born 27 September 1982) is a former Malawian international footballer who played as a striker.


Kanyenda started his career in 1998 in Malawi's First Division for FC Welfare in Dwangwa. He was spotted by Jomo Sono the owner of Jomo Cosmos FC during the Cosafa under 17 in 1999. He has been with Jomo Cosmos under 17 alongside Peter Mponda, in two tours in Italy where he played several games and become second top goalscorer in both occasions. He then turned professional and played in the Premier League of Malawi from 1999–2001 for FC Dwasco (Nkhota-Kota), before moving to South Africa to play in its Premier League, with Jomo Cosmos in Johannesburg between 2001 and 2003.

In 2003, Kanyenda moved to Russia, for FC Rostov in Russia's Premier League. In 2005, he left briefly for FC Lokomotiv Moscow after being the third top goal scorer in Russian top league, but re-joined FC Rostov on loan until December 2007. After two years with FC Lokomotiv Moscow joined in January 2008 to FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny. He was their top goalscorer in that season. Kanyenda has played for Rotor Volgograd (loan) Dynamo Bryansk (loan)

In spring 2012 he was persuaded to join the Danish side B93 by the former Malawi national football team manager Kim Splidsboel.

In September 2012, he signed a contract with the South African side Polokwane City.


Kanyenda is also a member of the Malawi national football team, beginning his international career on 12 March 2000 against Zambia.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
? 9 October 2010 Blantyre  Chad 6–2 Win 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
? 9 October 2010 Blantyre  Chad 6–2 Win 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Early life[edit]

Born as Esau Boxer Kanyenda, to Binwell Boxer Kanyenda and Florence Phiri. Born in a family of seven. five boys and two girls.He lost his mother in April 1994 and his elder brother in September 2003. His father is retired accountant in Malawi government(In Dwangwa) Kanyenda used to play the street football with his friends.

UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign[edit]

The Malawian will be the first Malawian football player to play in UEFA Champions League as far as Malawian football is concern.

Russian title-holders FC Lokomotiv Moskva have signed Malawi striker Esau Kanyenda from FC Rostov ahead of their UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign.

Rostov commitments Kanyenda will join Lokomotiv on a five-year contract after playing in Rostov's next three league games. The 22-year-old has been with the Premier-Liga team since 2003, having also scored 26 goals in 46 appearances for South African side Jomo Cosmos.

Vital goals He has found the target twenty six times in 62 matches for Rostov and helped the club reach the Russian Cup final in 2003. However, Kanyenda has registered only seventh this season, although those goals brought second-from-bottom Rostov their first points of the campaign against FC Shinnik Yaroslavl and FC Rubin Kazan.

Russia Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics bid[edit]

In 2006, Kanyenda was recognised as the first ever African ambassador to represent the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics bid. The Malawians have never produce the good striker like Kanyenda. He is well known in Russia as well as in South Africa as Black Mamba In 2002, Kanyenda went for the trials with French top side Marseille,Monday, 20 January 2003 Kanyenda scored five goals in five trial matches Malawi striker Essau Kanyenda has signed for French side Marseille on a six-month loan deal. The young forward won a deal after making a great impact while on trial from South African side Jomo Cosmos.

"They were very impressed with my performance and offered to sign me on loan with an option to buy," Kanyenda confirmed to the Malawian newspaper The Nation.

"The head coach said my performance throughout the trials was beyond his realistic expectations and that I reminded him of former Liberian star George Weah."

Kanyenda added that he had been delighted at the news and signed straight away.

"I didn't have to think twice after taking a look at the copy of the contract," he said.

"It is an appetising contract though I would have loved it if they had bought me outright."

At Marseille, Kanyenda will link up with fellow African striker, Ivory Coast's Ibrahim Bakayoko.

He became the second Malawian to play in the French league, after Ernest Mtawali, who was once with Toulouse. Unluckily the deal was flop because of technical reasons, he said on Cosmos website.


  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "International Matches 2000 - Africa". RSSSF, 2 February 2005. Retrieved on 4 September 2013.

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