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Ekwendeni Hammers rope in Lawrence Waya, sign Ndaziona Chatsalira

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Gift Mkandawire

Ekwendeni Hammers have acquired the services of legend Lawrence ‘Lule’ Waya in their coaching department and forgotten Malawi National Football Team player Ndaziona Chatsalira in a desperate attempt to revive their fortunes.

The struggling TNM Super League side lies 12th on the table with 14 points from 16 matches.

Hammers patron Gift Mkandawire said Waya has been hired on a temporary basis.

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Mkandawire said they expect the former Flames and Nyasa Big Bullets scoring machine to help sharpen their strikers.

“We are playing good football quite alright but our strikers cannot score. We believe they are lacking scoring techniques which Lule can help us with. He is with us on a voluntarily basis because he loves the game.

“We are one team that is playing clean football but we just can’t find the back of the net. He will be drilling our strikers and we welcome his presence. We had Russel Mwafulirwa earlier this season and we are hoping to have good results after another legendary goal scorer,” Mkandawire said.

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Waya said he is delighted to help Ekwendeni in their quest to remain in the Super League.

“But accomplishing this task would not be an easy task because scoring also goes with skill. I indeed noted that the team was failing to score goals. I am not saying my presence will change everything overnight. This will require commitment and dedication from the players,” he said.

Besides failing to secure an Airtel Top 8 Cup slot this season, the 2021 FDH Bank Cup runners-up have scored only 13 goals since the start of the season.

The development has forced Hammers Coach Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa to sign Chatsalira.

Mwafulirwa said he was confident that the former Silver Strikers attacker would help strengthen his squad.

“Chatsalira is one of the best attackers in the country and we are hopeful that his presence will result into better performances in the second round. The main problem we have is scoring.

“We have had too many draws in the first half and this has not been helpful. We need to win more matches in the second round so that we escape relegation. Our belief is that the coming in of Waya will change our fortunes for the better,” he said.

Chatsalira, who played for ENH de Vilankulo in Mozambique for almost four seasons, said he was excited to return to Malawi.

“My goal is to help Ekwendeni remain in the Super League. I am here at Ekwendeni for the rest of the season and I am happy. I will do my best to help the team perform well in the second round,” he said.

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