Azam Tigers got a timely boost ahead of their Carlsberg Cup quarter-final qualifying match against Silver Strikers this afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium following the clearance of their new signing, defender James Sangala, by the Angola Football Federation.
Sangala signed for Tigers three weeks ago after bouncing back from retirement, but could not be thrown into service awaiting consent from the Angolan FA through the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
He said he was happy to be cleared and it was now up to coach Franco Ndawa to consider him for today’s showdown.
Ndawa said Sangala’s clearance would gee up the team in this afternoon’s encounter.
He insists he has no grudge against his former employers Silver Strikers who fired him unceremoniously mid last season.
“I have no hard feelings against Silver. That is what happens in this game, in particular with us coaches. We often move from one team to the other and, therefore, I do not harbour any grudge,” he said.
Tigers have assembled one of the most promising squads in the flagship league this season, but surprisingly, it is not being reflected in the results.
“We are still in the process of blending the boys. It takes a bit of time, but we are getting there,” said Ndawa.
Silver coach Stein Chirwa said they have recovered from last weekend’s 5-2 league defeat at the hands of Red Lions.
“That is water under the bridge. This will be a different game altogether,” he said.
The The winner of this match will face Big Bullets.