Nyasa Big Bullets and Tanzanian outfit Mbeya City Rangers have agreed to play two international friendly matches at Kamuzu Stadium this Saturday and Civo Stadium the following weekend.
Both Big Bullets general secretary Kelvin Moyo and Mbeya head coach Kinnah Phiri confirmed the development yesterday.
Moyo said: “Although Mbeya delayed to confirm their coming, we have agreed to play against them because the two games will help us to remain active during this period when we are not being given TNM Super League fixtures for having most of our key players in Flames’ Cosafa Castle Cup squad in Namibia.
According to Kinnah, the two games will help his side to build a strong squad ahead of their new season in August.
“We have recruited a number of new players who need some international experience to grow in maturity. We, therefore, approached Bullets for these matches, taking an advantage of Bullets’ inactivity due to Flames’ participation in Cosafa competition,” he said.
The former Flames and Bullets coach said they planned to have three international friendly matches against Bullets in Blantyre, Civo in Lilongwe and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC in Mzuzu but they will only play against Bullets twice and Mzuni once because Bullets insisted on playing against them in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The international friendly follows Bullets’ encounter against their rivals Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium last weekend. The match, which ended 1-1, was aimed at raising funds for Bullets’ injured goalkeeper Vincent Gona, who needs K3.6 million (about $5 200) for hamstring surgery at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre. n