Zomba District Presidential Cup champions Songani Veterans have warned Be Forward Wanderers not to expect a stroll in the park when the two teams clash in the second round of the competition this afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The team’s coach Lewis Malikula said his side is unfazed with the prospects of facing a giant. He added that preparations for his side have been normal and that they will approach the match with aggression.
“They are going to feature 11 players just like ourselves. I don’t think we can panic just because they play in the [TNM] Super League. We will try our best to come out of the game unscathed owing to the fact that some smaller teams have been beaten with cricket scorelines,” said Malikula.
The coach further said that the team will enjoy vocal support from their travelling supporters and ganyu (mercenary) fans.
Songani Veterans will pin their hopes on defenders Chikumbutso Sonkho and Wilson Mtika while Robert Chigundo and Osman Rajab will do the job on the supply lines.
On the other hand, star-studded Be Forward Wanderers will depend on Amos Bello, Peter Wadabwa, Jafalie Chande and Luka Milanzi.
However, in an interview on yesterday, Nomads’ assistant coach Elia Kananji said his side will not underrate the Zomba-based non-league team.
“We have a big advantage over them because the game is at Kamuzu Stadium. The boys know the risk of underestimating an opponent and they are raring to go,” said Kananji.
In other fixtures, Silver Strikers play Dedza Young Soccer Reserves at Silver Stadium whereas Epac face Maganga FC at Civo Stadium. Dwangwa United meet Kasungu Medicals at Chitowe Stadium. In the North, Karonga United w take on Rumphi Pirates at Mzuzu Stadium.