After firing almost the entire executive committee, Silver Strikers hope to turn over a new leaf and forget about their opening game loss to Be Forward Wanderers as they host Azam Tigers this afternoon.
The 2-1 loss to the Nomads cast a shadow on the youthful team’s capabilities in the 2016 season. But both head coach Young Chimodzi and his assistant Lovemore Fazili described that as misfortune.
“Of course Tigers are a good side. But we have a team that can deliver and we believe we can beat them. We played well against Wanderers, but we were unfortunate to lose. We have told the players to forget about the loss and focus ahead,” said Chimodzi.
The club’s management too is rallying behind the team saying they will do well on Saturday.
With new players such as Mark Fodya, Mathews Sibale, Clement Trotta, Tizgowere Kumwenda, and experienced group of Lucky Malata, Blessings
Tembo , Mike Roberts and goalkeeper Blessings Kameza, Silver has the arsenal to get a result.
However, Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika said they are not going to Lilongwe as tourists.
“We have been preparing well and are confident of getting a win. It is important to collect points in away fixtures. It will be tough, but we are up to the test,” said Alufandika.
In another top match in Lilongwe, Blue Eagles will host Epac FC at Nankhaka.
Eagles general manager Gabriel Chirwa expressed optimism of a win despite that his side has lost top players such as John Banda and ace striker Schumacher Kuwali to professional leagues.
‘We have a new squad which is very portent. I don’t have any doubt that we are beating Epac today,” said Chirwa.
Epac treasurer Mark Tsinde is unshaken at the prospect of playing away at Police headquarters.
“We have beaten big teams away before and we are not afraid of playing at Nankhaka. The players are ready for the action. We get inspired by beating the so-called big teams,” said Tsinde.
Meanwhile, in Blantyre, Be Forward Wanderers will be hoping to consolidate their good start with a victory over rookies Dwangwa United who marked their return to the topflight league with a 1-0 loss to Blue Eagles.
Nomads coach Jack Chamangwana has warned his charges to avoid complacency in this afternoon’s encounter.
“We need to be disciplined. There is nothing like a small team these days,” he said.