If it were any other sport, Mzuzu United (formerly Super Eagles) would have been ruled out going into their TNM Super League debut against Blue Eagles at Chitowe Stadium today.
But because this is football, Mzuzu coach Christopher Nyambose believes anything can happen against the cops who delivered the warning shot in Saturday’s 2-1 beating of Moyale Barracks.
“No coach trains his team to lose. There is no training for a loss. No coach puts himself to a losing side. I go into this game with the same attitude,” Nyambose said on Tuesday.
Mzuzu, who have beefed up with Mayeso Ntchafu from Mchinji and ex-Mzuni trio of midfielder Mclean Mwamlima, goalkeeper Griffin Jere and Luwindiko Nhane, may wish to take a leaf from fellow rookies Evirom and Mponela United.
While Evirom held Epac to a goalless draw on Sunday, a day earlier Mponela crumbled to a 5-2 hammering at the hands of Kamuzu Barracks.
Blue Eagles coach Derklerk Msakakuona yesterday admitted that Mzuzu were little known to his charges.
“I have no idea of what to expect from them. Obviously, being a newly promoted team, we expect them to parade young and talented players. Let’s hope our experience will see us through,” he said.
The Eagles have been boosted by the return to form of midfielder John Banda who scored against Moyale almost a year after his career-threatening injury.