Be Forward Wanderers strike trio of Jaffali Chande, Peter Wadabwa and Yamikani Chester are ready to weave their magic when the Blantyre based giants take on Silver Strikers in the TNM Super League encounter on Sunday at the Bingu National Stadium.
Sunday’s game will decide which team will finish on the summit table in the first round, as the Nomads are basking on top with 34 points, while the bankers come second with 32 points.
The three forwards have experience, and their team heads into this match with anger having lost to the bankers in the Airtel Top 8 finals on the same venue.
Asked what is involved in having a quality squad of the likes of Chande, Wadabwa and Chester , the Nomads team manager Steven Madeira said: “Its ‘Abracadabra,’ and the magic sparks, that’s how l can describe our squad which has skillful players.”
More seriously, he added: “It’s quite simple, in situations of the game, you don’t have to wish what you would like them to do – because they are already doing it. They press, up front, to get the ball from the opponent, and we work hard so that our midfielders can give them the ball. … It’s a pleasure to have these players with me.”
Madeira expects a tight game, but one where Wanderers will look to impose its brand of attacking, possession football.
It’s certainly worked in the past, with the Nomads side only loosing twice and drawn once in the first round.
“I’ve seen Silver Strikers before, and also this season, and they are going to press high at some moments,” he said. “But I hope we can keep possession of the ball in their half of the pitch and put into practice our football. Our target is to win the game, no matter what.”
The key figure in achieving that is likely to be Chande.
Already hugely influential, Madeira believes he is getting even better.
”Last season, he was unbelievable,” the manager said. “He did pretty much everything; he scored, he made a defensive sacrifice, he assisted, and this season he is at the same level or even better. When Chande goes back to midfield, he becomes the best midfielder, when he plays as a striker he can be a really good scorer. But he has the freedom to create superiority in certain areas of the pitch. And he’s one of our leader.”
However, in the other camp Silver Strikers team manager Francis Songo said they are ready for the Nomads and insists their aim is to wrap up the first round on the summit table.
“We know Wanderers will come flat out having beaten them in the Airtel Top 8, but our mission is to finish on the summit table come Sunday,” said Songo.
The bankers have enough arsenals to gun down the Nomads in the likes of Victor Limbani, Young Chimodzi jnr, Mathews Sibale and Binwel Katinji.
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