TNM Super League sides Blue Eagles and Mighty Tigers have started preparations for the 2022 season ahead of next month’s kickoff.
The two were among the teams that fought relegation for a good part of the season and only survived towards the end.
Eagles regrouped on Wednesday while Tigers are scheduled to go back to training on Monday.
Super League of Malawi announced on Saturday, through a press release, that the new season would kick off on February 26.
Eagles Assistant Coach Eliya Kananji said they started with trials for new players.
“The trials will run for two weeks. Our aim is to identify replacements for players that are undergoing police training as well as those that have been offloaded. We are asking all players who want to join us to come and try their luck.
“We will start with the new players and those who will make the grade after the trials. They will then be joined by the old ones. We will then come up with the final squad for the new season,” Kananji said.
The former Civil Service United assistant coach said his priority was to assemble a team that would deliver in the new season.
“We will be without nine key players between now and June because of the police training; so, we need to do a good job in identifying replacements. We need to assemble a squad that will bring results,” he said.
Eagles did not lift any trophy last season and only survived relegation on the last day of the season with a 3-1 thumping of Mighty Wanderers.
The Area 30-based side finished the season on position 12 with 32 points, at par with Tigers, who finished on 13th position due to an inferior goal difference.
Tigers Coach Trevor Kajawa said they had also invited players for trials at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
“We are calling upon all players who feel they are good enough to play for Tigers to come for trials at Mpira Stadium from Monday.
“Our tradition is that we don’t buy players. So we want those who believe they can play for us to come forward and show us what they are made of. We are hoping that this exercise will help us get better results this coming season,” Kajawa said.