Teams that finished in the top five; Nyasa Big Bullets, Mafco, Blue Eagles, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers have signed a total of 35 players in transfer fees as they plot to win the title in the 2016 Super League season which kicks off next weekend.
Bullets, Silver and Wanderers have spent a combined K30 million on transfer fees of their new players.
Mafco, who finished as runners-up, lead in the signings with 10 new faces, most of whom have been picked from the relegated fellow army outfit Airborne Rangers and others from Moyale Barracks.
Wanderers have roped in seven, Bullets have six, Eagles have three while Silver have roped in eight.
Notable new faces for Mafco are Asedi Ayami, Victor Nangwale and Stain Malata, from Airborne while Farewell Simkonda has joined from Moyale.
The Salima-based outfit’s chairperson Major Sikaloka Kaliati justified the recruitment of the new battalion saying seven of their players are going on a peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The situation has made us to have a lean squad hence the decision to bring in new players,” he said.
Major Kaliati hoped that the drastic changes in the squad will not disrupt the team because some of the new recruits have been training with the team for a while now.
“The target is that we should go a mile further and win the title.
There will be no excuse if we don’t win [the championship] this season,” he said.
Former champions Silver Strikers, who finished fifth last season, have spent K12 million on eight players.
Their new faces include the former Wizards trio of Brighton Munthali, Levison Ganiza and Mark Fodya.
Silver general secretary Chimwemwe Mkhwimba believes that they have met the wishes of the Young Chimodzi led coaching panel in its quest to win the title.
He said: “We have done all we could to meet the wishes of the technical panel. We are expecting nothing short of a title,” he said .
Defending champions Nyasa Bullets have also been tasked by their new sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company to retain the trophy having spent K8 million on former Civo defenders Emmanuel Zoya and John Langesi.
Renewing the challenge, the company’s director Dimitri Kalaitzis said:
“We haven’t changed our targets. We have to defend the title whatever the circumstances.”n