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Malawi’s representatives in Caf Champions League, Be Forward Wanderers cancelled yesterday’s morning training session in Blantyre due to unspecified reasons that left players wandering about and wondering.

The cancellation comes just a week before Nomads travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a first-leg match against AS Vita in the preliminary round.

Nomads are expected to depart for Zambia on Sunday for a friendly match against Red Arrows en-route to the DRC for the first-leg on February 11 in Kinshasa.

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Some Wanderers’ senior players, speaking on condition of anonymity, yesterday said they were told that the club’s officials had a meeting; hence, cancellation of the training session.

“We reported for training as usual but we were told that we could not train. They told us that we will be communicated to on when to resume training. But we do not know if it will be tomorrow or not,” one of the players said.

Wanderers acting Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

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“Let me find out from other officials but I believe it is a small matter,” he said.

Wanderers Head Coach, Yasin Osman, yesterday said he was unable to grant an interview because he was in a meeting.

The Nomads are expected to face bitter rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, in a strength-testing match at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday. Bullets date Masters on Sunday at the same venue.

Local football analyst, Charles Nyirenda, yesterday said Wanderers and Masters Security, who are campaigning in the Caf Confederation Cup, need uninterrupted preparations ahead of their respective continental assignments.

“They need to be physically fit and psychologically ready. I think playing Bullets will give the two teams a real test. After this weekend’s matches, we will be able to appreciate how prepared the two teams are,” Nyirenda said.

For the first time in 17 years, Wanderers will take part in the Champions League whereas Masters are set for a debut in the Confederation Cup against Petro de Luanda of Angola.

The 2017 TNM Super League champions (Wanderers) launched a campaign aimed at raising funds for preparations, especially international freindlies, ahead of the Champions League match.

But the campaign has received a lukewarm response from supporters, who claim that the timing is poor.

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