Mighty Wanderers look set to renew their sister relationship with Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League giants, Caps United, who are expected in the country next week for two international warm-up games, including against Big Bullets.
Caps, who have stepped up pre-season training, wanted to come last week, but the hosts Wanderers advised them to wait for the TNM Super League’s conclusion.
Caps communications officer Joyce Kapote confirmed the trip to Malawi through Zimbabwe’s Daily Newspaper online edition of February 27 2013.
“I regret to advise that the Malawi league has been extended and it will finish on 24 February. Both our club and Big Bullets will play a game each on Sunday 24 February,” the newspaper quoted Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda’s letter to Kapote.
“We, therefore, advise you to reschedule your itinerary. We can play the games any day after Sunday 24 February. We apologise for the inconvenience. Let me know your fresh travel arrangements so that I may book your accommodation.”
Caps, under caretaker coach Brenna Msiska, are looking forward to a better season after a disappointing campaign last season saw them finishing a distant 10th on the league table. They face Black Rhinos this Sunday before travelling to Malawi.
Kanyenda confirmed on Thursday that they would host Caps, who were a few years ago home to Malawian players such as Joseph Kamwendo, Hadji Tambala, Raquub ‘Lulu’ Milanzi and Gift Makoloni.
“They are coming for two matches. We are the hosts, but we extended a brotherly invitation to Bullets to also play Caps. Once they come, we hope to sign a memorandum of understanding which will outline our future working relationship,” Kanyenda explained.
He said they agreed on logistics, including that the Harare side would meet all their trip’s expenses. Kanyenda said he was waiting for their confirmation of the arrival date.
Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire on Thursday confirmed being informed by Kanyenda about Caps’ visit. Bullets were also linked with the hosting of Zambian giants Zanaco.
But in a telephone interview on Thursday, Zanaco general secretary Jordann Maliti said they had shelved the visit to Malawi due to this weekend’s CAF Confederations Cup engagement in Swaziland.