Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has drafted TNM Super League runners up, Be Forward Wanderers, into this year’s Ecobank Charity Shield despite the Nomads’ failure to clinch any cup last season.
Last year’s competition involved four teams that managed to win the Carlsberg Cup, TNM Super League, Airtel Top 8 and Fisd Challenge Cup in the 2018 season.
Fam Competitions and Communications Director, Gomegzani Zakazaka, said since there was no Carlsberg Cup in the 2019 season, a proposal was made to the association’s executive committee to consider Wanderers as Super League runners up.
Zakazaka said the association’s top decision making body approved the proposal because the elite league is regarded as the biggest competition in the country.
“Indeed during the recent Fam executive meeting, we made the proposal since we didn’t have the Carlsberg Cup last year. So we thought it wise that Wanderers should be drafted for being Super League runners up. We had to make the numbers of participating teams even. So it means we will have Super League champions Bullets, their runners-up Wanderers, Fisd Challenge Cup winners Blue Eagles and Airtel Top 8 Cup kings Silver Strikers,” Zakazaka said.
Wanderers Assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, has welcomed the development, saying this will give them a chance to prepare better for the 2020 season.
Kaunda said they were looking forward to winning the Charity Shield which would be a consolation to their supporters after the team finished the 2019 season empty-handed.
“I just heard about the news and it will be nice to compete because it will be part of our preparations. We will be able to test our team and identify areas which need polishing up,” he said.
Bullets won last year’s edition of the charity shield after defeating Wanderers 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.