TNM Super League champions, Be Forward Wanderers, regrouped in Blantyre yesterday ahead of their Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League preliminary round games against the Democratic Republic of Congo’s AS Vita FC next month.
Some 24 players reported for the training at Blantyre Sports Club, but conspicuously missing were Jafali Chande, Esau Kanyenda, Stanley Sanudi, Ernest Tambe, Jabulani Linje and new signing Blessings Tembo.
The absence of Tembo is not surprising as he made a U-turn that he wants to stay put at Silver despite that he signed a three-year contract with Wanderers last week.
The Nomads’ other new signings Peter Cholopi, Dan Thole, Denis Chembezi , Niyikiza Aimable and Mishek Botomani reported for the training yesterday.
Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, downplayed the absence of some of the players, saying, save for Tembo, the team expects a full house by today.
“Our Coach Yasin Osman and Technical Director, Jack Chamangwana, had a meeting with the boys before they started training. We have welcomed the new players. As for Kanyenda and Chande, they have families in Lilongwe, so they were on holiday. They should report for training soon,” Madeira said.
He reserved his comment on Tembo.
Wanderers host Vita at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on the weekend of February 9, before travelling to Congo the following week for the return leg.
Meanwhile, Masters Security Services FC hope to regroup next week for their Caf Confederations Cup against Petro de Luanda of Angola.
Masters Coach, Abbas Makawa, said he was waiting for the nod of the Executive Committee over the training schedule.
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