Malawi’s undisputed finest reggae music band—Black Missionaries—will spice up the latest episode of the Blantyre derby between age-old rivals Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium today.
The match is the first leg of the K5 million (about $12 500) IntoSports Giants Cup.
Bullets trustees secretary Jim Kalua and Nomads executive committee member Stevie Madeira said the Blacks will set the ball rolling this morning from 10am.
Said Madeira: “We have engaged Blacks to add excitement and colour to the event and, once again, we are pleading with soccer fans to come in large numbers to support the cause of the two teams that are on a joint fund-raising venture.”
According to Madeira, gates will open at 9am and supporters of the two teams will clash in a curtain-raiser scheduled to kick off at noon. Charges are K500 Open Stands, K1 000 MBC Stand, K2 000 Covered Stands and K3 000 for VIP Stand.
Meanwhile, apart from the K3 million winner’s purse at stake, this afternoon’s showdown is much more significant to Bullets in that they will be welcoming their new executive and supporters committees.
Bullets held an elective annual general meeting (AGM) at their club house on Saturday where Kondi Msungama was elected the club’s new boss.
The People’s Team acting team manager Fundi Akidu said if all goes well, they could feature trialists Pilirani Zonda and Mussa Manyenje from Epac.
“Some officials travelled to Lilongwe a few days ago where they were expected to meet Epac officials to try and get an approval as to whether we can feature the two players, but we are yet to be furnished with the outcome,” said Akidu, adding that other trialists such as Victor Limbani, Tizgo Kumwenda and prodigal son Grant Lungu, are also likely to feature.
Still reeling from the pain of losing a K5 million jackpot from the Zambezi Soccer Challenge and TNM Super League after failing to finish first and fourth respectively, Nomads said they have picked themselves up and switched focus to the IntoSports tournament.
Wanderers team manager Chiyembekezo Zidana said they regrouped on Thursday to begin preparations for the tournament.
Zidana hinted that they are likely to showcase their new catch from Evirom, Bongani Zulu, and four other trialists from the rural areas.
“Otherwise, except for two experienced players—Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Idrissa Walesi who are in Botswana and Mozambique—we have a full-strength squad,” said Zidana.
The return leg is scheduled for next weekend in the capital city, Lilongwe.