Super League rookies Mzuzu United have fired a warning shot to defending champions Silver Strikers that they should expect a tough going when the two sides come face to face this Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium in the TNM Super League encounter.
Mzuzu residents, who had been denied Super League action in the past two weeks because the stadium had been booked for other activities, will finally have a sample of what the rookies have in their repertoire.
The Mzuzu-based side have had fairly good showing in the past two encounters against Blue Eagles and Blantyre United in standard of play according to media reports though they lost 2-0 and drew 2-2 respectively.
Mzuzu United Coach Christopher Nyambose fired the warning shot in an interview, that the Bankers should not expect an easy ride but tough assignment characterised by a goal avalanche.
“We will prepare for this game like we have been doing with other games. Silver Strikers should expect hell. We have come to stay in Super League. Soccer lovers are guaranteed an entertaining match,” said Nyambose confidently.
Mzuzu United are fresh from a squeaky start in the elite league when they were demolished 2-0 in their maiden game against Blue Eagles at Chitowe, which Nyambose attributed to inexperience on the part of his charges.
But Nyambose told Malawi News Agency that the Mzuzu based rookies’ last game against Blantyre United was not supposed to end in a 2-2 stalemate.
“We drew the last game against Blantyre United due to poor officiation. First, the ref added more injury time which enabled our opponents to cancel our lead. Then the goal that earned our opponents a draw was scored from an off-side position.
“Nonetheless, we have left that behind us and now we are focusing on the Saturday game where Silver Strikers should not expect an easy ride. In short, we will start off where we left off with Blantyre United,” added Nyambose.
Nyambose’s confidence that his rookies would upset the defending champions could be emanating from the excellent form of his two charges Mada Chuma and marksman Lazarus Nyamera who reportedly gave Mphembedzu (Blantyre United) torrid times.
His goal custodian, Chimwemwe Kasambara should also be in shape to frustrate the bankers’ frontline.
On his part, Silver Strikers’ Assistant Coach, Hellings Mwakasungula said the Bankers do not underestimate the threat posed by the rookies who had a trailblazing run last season when they shook the local soccer scene by bundling out giants Big Bullets from the Carlsberg Cup.
“We already dropped points last week in Dedza against Kamuzu Barracks and this is a must win game for us. We know it will not be a stroll in the park to collect maximum points.
“Our opponents will be playing on their home ground,” said Mwakasungula.
The Bankers will be without Benard Namangwiyo, Dan Msimuko and Lucky Malata due to injuries or serving match suspension.
Malata had been the bankers’ rearguard linchpin last season. His absence due to injury in the pre-season encounters his team was involved in was heavily felt.
Mwakasungula however; explained that the scenario should not be a cause for alarm for the bankers’ fans, saying they have enough depth in their squad with players who can fill in the shoes of those not present.
So, the soccer lovers in the evergreen city should still expect the bankers to parade their deadly arsenals in the likes of Ndaziona Chatsalira and Rodrick Gonani to collect maximum points.--Malawi News AgencyFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :