Silver Strikers yesterday left for Kenya where they played Tusker FC enroute to Gabon for a CAF Confederations Cup match aginst Association Omnisport Center Mberi Sportif (AO CMS) Football Club on Wednesday.
The team left Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) at 2am for Nairobi and coach Lovemore Fazili said they travelled well.
“It was a smooth flight. We have booked accommodations. We opted to stay within the airport to avoid traffic,” he said.
Fazili said in an interview yesterday that they will leave Kenya tomorrow for Gabon.
“The mission is to ensure that we come back with a clean-sheet. We want to win or at least get a good result. It is not easy playing away against an opponent we have never faced before, but we can do it,” he said.
“We need to defend well and score, then we can kill the contest in the return match.”
The team has travelled with six defenders, including Trevor Kalema, Herbert Wayekha, Mark Fodya, Yunus Sherrif, Mike Mtonyo
Chisomo Mpachika while combative defender Mike Roberts is conspicuously missing.
Although Silver have been inconsistent in the domestic league, they boast of a squad full of talent.
Midfielders included on the trip are Levison Maganizo, Lazarous Nyemera, Mwaila Kondwani, Duncan Nyoni, Young Chimodzi Jnr and Thuso Paipi.
Maganizo brings in the squad international exposure, having been a regular for the Malawi national football team for the recent two games.
The technical panel has plenty of options in attack, having included six forwards; Victor Limbani, Green Harawa, Zikani Kasambala, Mphatso Phillimon, Michael Tetteh and Khuda Muyaba.
The squad has included only two goalkeepers in Flames Brighton Munthali and Steve Micheta.
The technical panel includes technical director Young Chimodzi snr, Fazili coach assistant coach Peter Mgangira and goalkeeper trainer Sibusiso Padambo.
Club officials accompanying the team are acting general secretary Lawrence Yobe, executive member Goodall Chinjoka and club supporters chairperson King Malaya.
Nyasa Big Bullets, representing Malawi in the CAF Champions League, face Kenya’s Gor Mahia on Wednesday.
Last year, Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security represented Malawi, but they were in the preliminary round. n