Promising Ndirande Stars have expressed desire to stun favourites Bullets Youth when the two sides clash in the Manchester Motor Mechanical Centre Under-20 Football Cup final at Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon.
Bullets Youth have been tipped to win the developmental competition to emulate the exploits of both Nyasa Big Bullets and Bullets Reserve.
Ndirande Team Manager Kuruwa Ngwira said their mission was to stop Bullets from dominating at all levels.
“Bullets are doing well in the Super League whereas Bullets Reserve are equally dictating events in the Premier Division. It is our desire to beat them so that Bullets should not conquer the under-20 cup. We will play our usual fast passing game, building attacks from the back to stop them,” Ngwira, who played for Bullets, Silver Strikers and Mighty Tigers, said.
Ngwira said Ndirande Coach Simeon Kapuza had devised a proper game plan to unlock their counterparts whereas Justice Zulu, Kondwani Kucheza and Hamilton Msopa are some of the team’s players to watch.
Bullets Youth Coach Autry Kalulu was unmoved with the remarks, saying they would do the talking on the pitch.
“We are not riding on the back of our senior side; neither are we riding on the success of Bullets. We are a good side on our own. This is a game which we have to treat the way we treat the other games,” he said while hoping that his stars such as Hadji James, Aubrey Massford, Daniel Nyambose and Hellings Mhango, younger brother to Flames and Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho, will rise to the occasion.
In the semifinals, Bullets Youth defeated Blantyre United 2-1 whereas Ndirande booted out Griffin Young Stars 4-3 on post-match penalties.
Meanwhile, Manchester Motor Spares Managing Director Christopher Chikopa has said the competition had lived up to its billing.
“The performance of the teams was fantastic. We want to help teams identify and nurture talent thereby developing football in the country,” he said.