Simama Premier League champions Chilumba Barracks will not beef-up their squad ahead of 2016 TNM Super League.
Chilumba assistant team manager Phillip Jere said the club technical and executive committees have trust in the current squad.
Jere said the current squad has restored the confidence of supporters having after getting promoted to the Super League with a 12-points lead at the top.
“Why should we beef-up the squad when we have a winning team? We have confidence in the current players. They have demonstrated good qualities and we will maintain them.” said Jere.
While soccer analyst Charles Nyirenda said Chilumba need to beef-up its squad with experienced players, Wizards technical advisor Peter Mponda supported Chilumba’s decision.
“It is good to maintain your squad after getting promoted. Although we got relegated after we used the same approach, that system motivates the players.
“You know, it doesn’t make sense to sideline the players that have helped the team to get promoted to the top flight league,” he said.
The 2015 Simama League concluded on December 27.
Chilumba finished the league with 89 points while the runners-up, Karonga United, wrapped up the season with 77 points.
For being champions, Chilumba is expected to receive K1 million (about $1 461) while Karonga United will get K500 000 (about $730). n