In a rare spirit of sportsmanship, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Mafco FC on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 trained side by side at Civo Stadium ahead of their Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup preliminary tie at the same venue this afternoon.
Both sides arrived in the capital city Wednesday afternoon but Wanderers were the first to appear at Civo Stadium for a pre-match training exercise. The Nomads had to wait for close to an hour before sampling the pitch as another preliminary match involving Kamuzu Barracks and Dedza Young Soccer was in progress.
As the Nomads started warming-up on the pitch, the soccer Instructors from Salima showed up to train on the same pitch, prompting the Nomads to take one half of the ground and leaving the other half to the soldiers.
As the teams trained side-by-side, two members from Mafco’s camp were spotted spying on the enemy territory. The two focused much attention on proceedings in the Nomads’ half but the latter went about their business without paying attention to the spies.
The training exercises went on peacefully and the two sides left for their respective camping bases without any differences.
Meanwhile, Big Bullets FC have wished their bitter rivals the best of luck as the Nomads start their Knock-Out Cup campaign against the soldiers.
However, the good-will message from the Nomads’ rival camp has an element of irony attached to it as Bullets want nothing short of revenge against the side that defeated them in the Carlsberg Cup final recently.
“We are eyeing the final of this cup and wish Wanderers well so that we meet them again and take revenge. But that does not mean we are underrating our opponents. We know anything can happen to us or Wanderers along the way but our wish is to play in the final against Wanderers,” said Bullets vice chairman, responsible for central region Austin Kasito.
Wanderers’ team manager Steve Madeira welcomed the gesture from the rival camp.
“That’s a welcome gesture from our rivals. They also wished us well in the Carlsberg Cup and you saw what happened in the final,” said Madeira.
Wanderers and Bullets have taken different paths in the Standard Bank Cup, raising expectations of another explosive final involving the two teams.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :