Malawi’s 2017 TNM Super League champions Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have one more match to wrap up their season against 10th-placed Red Lions and after that they intend to rest for two weeks before starting serious preparations for their Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League participation.
The Nomads are paired against AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the preliminary round match in February.
Coach Yasin Osman, at the end of their emphatic 4-1 win over Masters Security at Balaka Stadium, told Zodiak Radio that they shall treat their last match against Red Lions very seriously as one way to assess their strengths and weaknesses before taking at least a two week break to savour their winning the TNM Super League title that eluded them for 11 years.
“Winning 4-1 shows that we really deserve to be the champions and I thank the players for keeping the faith in themselves,” he said. “We are now going into the CAF[Champions League campaign] with some confidence and we shall treat Red Lions with the seriousness the game deserves.
“We will use it as a practice session and after that we have to rest the players for two weeks before starting preparations for CAF assignment.
“We don’t whether we need to boost the team ahead of the CAF assignments but that will depend upon an assessment when we shall start the serious preparations,” he said.
The coach, who took over the mantle towards the end of last season when the Nomads faltered midseason, praised the players for not withering and to supporters for believing in them throughout the TNM Super League title campaign.
“We have led all the way and what stopped us short in our losses and draws were injuries.”
Captain for the side Joseph Kamwendo said he was very happy to win the local league title and reserved his feelings for the CAF assignment until they reach there.
“At the moment, lets us just celebrate because we fought hard for this title. CAF is another level, let’s focus on our preparations first after the final [TNM Super League] match.”
He paid tribute to fellow veteran Esau Kanyenda for inspiring the young players throughout the campaign.
“As a veteran, he played a very big part. People talked a lot about his age when he was brought in but that did not disturb him. Look what he has done for us—he helped instil confidence in the youngsters,” Kamwendo told Zodiak.
Esau and Kamwendo scored seven apiece in the title campaign.
Also booked for the CAF campaign are Masters Security who are registered in the Confederation Cup and were drawn against Atletico Petroleos of Angola in the preliminary round.
If Masters go past Atletico Petroleos they go on to meet South African side SuperSport in the next round while Wanderers are set for winners between El Jadidi and Benefica.
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