Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, has said losing to archrivals Nyasa Big Bullets in the 2019 Ecobank Charity Shield finals is a wake up call for the Nomads ahead of the TNM Super League campaign
Madeira was speaking at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday when Be Forward Wanderers went down one-nil to Bullets in the Ecobank Charity Shield courtesy of a Chiukepo Msowoya only goal.
The Bullets are now three time winners of the Charity Shield organised by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM). They won it in 2017, 2018 and now 2019.
“It’s bad that we have lost. We didn’t play well today. There is always next time. We lost the game in the midfield but Bullets should know that this is just the beginning of the season. This is a wake up call to us and we will work on our weaknesses. They snatched the league championship from us last season but we would like to reclaim it this season,” explained Madeira.
The winning coach Callisto Pasuwa said it was a tough game but a single goal was enough to win the game.
“I am happy with the way the boys played. They were able to keep the ball away from the opponents. They were solid in defence and midfield with a lot of confidence. We hope to do more and better when the league begins,” said Pasuwa.
Ecobank pumped 12 million Kwacha into the bonanza and Marketing Manager for the bank, Takondwa Chirwa, said Ecobank was pleased to see an exciting tournament in 2019.
“We are here to stay. We will sit down with FAM to make sure we sponsor this Charity Shield every year. Bullets are our ambassadors,” remarked Chirwa.
Commercial and Marketing Manager at FAM, Limbani Cliff Matola, said the strong message about stopping the killings of people with albinism has been delivered through the 2019 Ecobank Charity Shield.
“A strong message has been delivered that as Malawians we are saying no the killings of people with albinism. As Malawians we can live peacefully and coexist regardless of any form of disability,” retorted Matola.