Super league defending champions, Silver Strikers over the weekend welcomed back the services of their utility attacking midfielder Harvey Mkacha from a long injury lay off and he marked his return in spectacular fashion after he scored his team’s only goal to ensure their victory against fellow capital city giants Blue eagles on Sunday.
Mkacha who has struggled with injuries in the past had to withdraw from a national team call up on this latest injury and he had not yet tested any action ever since the new season kicked off, could not hide his excitement saying it was hard and tough to just be following the action from the terraces.
“It has been a tough three months for me since I could not play but now am happy that I have been given the all clear by the doctors that I can play. I want to work hard so that I can help the team and I am sure that we will defend the league,” said the former Zomba United midfielder in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana).
Mkacha who is regarded by many as being one of the best attacking midfielders of this generation has made it clear that he is eyeing another Flames call up after he was forced to withdraw from the national team camp due to this latest injury setback.
Silver coming straight from four consecutive losses, had to rely on the second half strike from the lanky midfielder to claim maximum points in a closely contested encounter on Sunday, which saw them shift to sniffing distance of current league leaders Mighty Wanderers and co-coach Hellings Mwakasungula praised his returning midfielder for his contribution to the team’s victory.
“The coming back of Harvey is a massive boost in our camp as we continue our push to defend the league title. He is a player who gives us a lot of options owing to his ability as he is very versatile, so to have him fit again is good news,” said Mwakasungula when he spoke to Mana.
Things have not been rosy in the central banker’s camp lately with the teams hard to please supporters demanding the resignation of team manager Sibusiso Padambo as he is being accused as being behind the team’s poor run of form which has seen them surrender the leadership of the league. They started impressively having notched maximum points in their first four league games.
But Mwakasungula has played down the development saying it is natural that supporters react negatively when their team is not performing according to the required standards and has promised that his team remains a force to reckon with in the domestic league.
“With the squad that we have, our supporters expect us to do well in every game but we just call for their understanding since the opposing teams come hard on us knowing what we are able to do. But nothing has been won yet or lost and we are determined to give the title push and we will succeed,” said the ever buoyant trainer.