Moyale Barracks Football Club coach, Charles Kamanga, says his side has now all it takes to challenge for the TNM Super League glory again with their goal-poacher Gastin Simkonda set to return next season.
The Mzuzu–based soccer power house finished on position nine, 32 points adrift the champions Big Bullets during the 2015 TNM Super League season. In the previous season, the northern region based soldiers ended as runners-up when Simkonda was the league’s top goal scorer with 18 goals.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) , Kamanga said it was heart-breaking to see his team fall behind with such a big point-gap against the champions, saying they were working on how best to return stronger next season.
“It feels bad that just two seasons ago we were title challengers but last season we finished on position nine. Right now we are conducting a series of meetings to develop a comprehensive plan so that we should have an effective pre-season.
“We are looking forward to bring two or three more players into the team to beef up the squad,” said Kamanga without specifying the names of the players he wants to sign.
He added that with the coming of Gastin Simkonda (from peace keeping mission) this April, he is confident Moyale will challenge for the league title.
The Lions of Kaning’ina are yet to win their first ever league glory.
The Moyale coach conceded that the team’s performance during the last campaign was not convincing, saying they were lacking a fighting spirit.
“We really missed our big players including Gastin [Simkonda] he is a prolific striker. He spent the whole of last season [at peace keeping mission] in DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo], and his services were deeply missed in the team.
“The best way is to put last season’s disappointments behind us and forge ahead, prepare well and surely we can be a team to fear next season,” he said.