This year’s Presidential Initiative for Sports Tournament will be launched on Saturday in the northern city of Mzuzu with a clash between TNM Super League champions Silver Strikers and the Presidential Trophy defending champions Big Bullets who are also Silver Strikers’ runners up in the TNM Super League.
Northern Region Sports Officer, Georgina Msowoya, confirmed about both, the PIS launch day and the fixture involving the two soccer giants during this year’s annual general meeting of Northern Region Football Committee (NRFC) held during the week-end.
“We have received communication that this year’s Presidential Initiative for Sports will take place the coming Saturday [16th March, 2013]. There will be a soccer match between Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.
“The two teams have been chosen because Silver Strikers are the winners of this year’s TNM Super League while Bullets are defending champions of Presidential Initiative for Sports,” explained Msowoya.
This is the first time the two soccer giants slug it out for the first time in Mzuzu which is outside their respective power bases. Previously, they have always met either in Lilongwe or Blantyre.
Unfortunately, this tantalizing fixture has been watered down by the likely absence of the teams’ star players. The two teams have each contributed seven players to the Malawi National Team currently in camp in preparation for the World Cup qualifier game against Namibia’s Brave warriors later this month.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Commercial and Competition Manager, Casper Jangale ruled out the availability of players who are in camp with the Flames in an interview aired on Zodiak on Tuesday.
“I do not think any of those players currently in camp will be available for the game. It will be treated as a friendly encounter. We would want our team to be fully prepared before they play against Namibia,” said Jangale.