Big Bullets seem determined to overturn a sorrowful entry into the Northern Region into a triumphant second swoop at GOtv Challenge this afternoon.
The People’s Team, which had planned to venture into Mzuzu on Thursday for the face-off with Moyale Barracks, has been camping at Chenda Motel since Tuesday when the players trekked to Rumphi to bury their defender Douglas Chirambo.
Speaking at the launch of GOtv on Wednesday, Bullets captain Fisher Kondowe said all is well in their grief-stricken camp and they are ready to overcome the soldiers who will be playing at their familiar home battleground—Mzuzu Stadium.
The Lions of Kaning’ina might be in their own den, but Kondowe said they are not in the leafy city for sightseeing either.
“Daga’s [Douglas] death is a big blow to the Big Bullets Family, but we are here to win this game in his honour. We did not come to Mzuzu as tourists, we want to retain the trophy. We are not an ordinary team, but defending champions. Football is our life and retaining the GOtv is not mission impossible,” said Kondowe.
The skipper saluted MultiChoice Malawi not only for extending GOtv digital terrestrial broadcasting services to the Northern Region, but also promoting sports, especially football and netball.
According to Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa, the GOtv Challenge at Mzuzu Stadium will serve a dress rehearsal to put his charges in shape ahead of the Super League season which begins next week Sunday.
Equally enthused are the Green-Yellow soldiers, said Moyale captain Lovemore Mitengo.
“At Moyale, we are taking the GOtv encounter seriously because the start of the Super League is just around the corner. We are not saying it will be easy, but we will take on the Bullets blow by blow. Having lost several cups in the finals, we will do everything possible to make sure the trophy remains in Mzuzu.”
Mitengo also paid tribute to Chirambo, who provided a spectacular cross for a Heston Munthali’s header which buried Silver Strikers in the 2-1 encounter last year.
The shared tears for the fallen national player have not blurred battle lines and MultiChoice has aptly set the stage by renovating and decorating Mzuzu Stadium where those who buy GOtv decoder will watch the match free of charge.
The spectators will shutdown the day at Key Lounge where a live performance by musician Lucius Banda will be top of the to-do with an after-party, said MultiChoice Malawi.