Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets invade Central Region this weekend to play two friendly matches each as they continue to fine-tune ahead of the 2018 season scheduled to kick off next month.
The Nomads first assignment is tomorrow against Mitundu Select at the Mitundu Ground, while the People’s Team will be in Ntcheu to take on Mafco FC at Lake Valley Ground.
Twenty-four hours later, the Nomads will travel to Dowa to meet Civil Sporting Club at Answer Academy Football Club Ground while Bullets will be locking horns with Silver Strikers at Silver Stadium.
The Bullets and Silver game has been organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter to fundraise for constructing offices.
Nyasa Big Bullets assistant coach Elijah Kananji said in an interview on Wednesday that the two games will help them in assessing new players.
“Playing a physical Mafco and a skillful Silver will give us a clear picture whether we will stand the heat or not,” he said.
Wanderers team manager Stevie Madeira also described the two matches in Mitundu and Dowa as important in their quest to defend the title.
He said apart from playing Mitundu, it will be an opportunity for their supporters to interact with their players.
“They just hear the names of their players like [Joseph] Kamwendo, [Esau] Kanyenda and [Lucky] Malata. This is an opportunity for our fans to interact with such big names in Malawi football,” said Madeira.
On Sunday’s game against Civil Sporting Club, Madeira said having failed to beat the Civil Servants last season, the game itself speaks volumes.
“Civil have been giving us headache and last season we failed to beat them twice, meaning they have a strong squad,” he said.