Max Bullets newly-appointed coach Patrick Kulemeka believes his rookies can surprise Azam Tigers when they clash in his club’s maiden TNM Super League fixture at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday despite losing six key players.
Kulemeka replaced Leo Mpulula who left after the club failed to sign Jide Mbandambanda, Owen Kalibwanji, Anthony Kaipa, Aubrey Chafewa , Thoko Mbandambanda and Raphael Mandanda.
The players turned down the club’s offer of K100 000 (about $156) three-year contracts.
Kulemeka yesterday said the players and the technical panel have not been distracted by the recent hiccups.
“What remains now is tightening the loose ends, especially in defence and in attack. We tend to concede easily and we struggle to score goals. We will work on these shortfalls and by Friday everything will be alright,” he said.
The team lost 1-3 to Red Lions in a friendly match at Balaka Stadium last weekend.
The club’s chairperson, Gilton Chakhaza, was also optimistic of surviving in the top-flight league.
“The recent events have no impact on our preparations ahead of our first Super League fixture on Sunday.
“At least 95 percent of our squad is still intact after the departure of some players and our new coach has assured us that he has a strong team,” he said. n