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Open Play: Super League badly needs foreigners

Never has the domestic football transfer market been busier than the current window that has seen TNM Super League’s big three—Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers—making shrewd moves in a bid to reinforce their squads.

The absence of agents and intermediaries locally mean that it is never easy for players to make informed decisions on who to sign for. The clubs, too, are handicapped on how to buy and when to buy.

Having shipped in over 10 new players last season, you would have expected Wanderers to be inactive on the market, but we were dead wrong.

Wanderers were, in fact, the swiftest and quickest to parade new catches Ernest Tambe and Rafik Namwela from Wizards.

Silver followed suit in raiding Wizards for goalkeeper Brighton Munthali and Levison Maganizo.

More activities are expected on the market, and I do not expect many teams to buy right depending on their needs and perceived needs.

If you ask me, Silver indeed need a quality goalkeeper to provide competition to Blessings Kameza. In fact, the Bankers need one more custodian.

So it is safe to say, Silver have bought right. And if they hired a good big centre-back and a top striker, then they are in business otherwise they are loaded with many midfielders.

For Bullets, there is no new arrival yet but reports suggest that they might sign Muhamad Sulumba, Emmanuel Zoya and John Lanjesi, who all seem short-term solutions to such an ageing squad.

Zoya and Lanjesi would solidify the leaky defence, but in is difficult to see from the current Bullets squad which player is for the future.

Forget passport ages, the youngest in the Bullets team should be 26. Only Macfarlen Ngwira is, in my opinion, young.

Crossing over to the Lali Lubani Road, with their top striker scoring some six league goals, you would have expected them to first get a fluent scorer and two big centre-backs.

Boston Kabango and Kondwani Lufeyo are quality players but they are too small for last men in defence. You know attributes of centre backs. Wanderers cannot reinvent the wheel.

Overall, the Super League has potentially quality players, but most of them are average.

There is a shocking shortage of quality centre-backs, strikers and goalkeepers.

It should worry all of us that the league’s top scorer hit 14 goals.

In the absence of participation in continental competitions, there is need to hire foreign coaches and players to help raise the performance bar in the domestic league.

Lionel Asu was not any better than most Wanderers strikers, but for a few months that the Cameroonian played for the Nomads, he brought panache and spirit, character and pride that you don’t find in most shy and soft Malawians.

At Bullets, it took Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan’s return to instill the Bullets character and attacking play that, despite a shaky defence, would win games through outplaying and outscoring opponents.

A coach with a Caf licence from Zimbabwe would bring so much to domestic teams through their professional approach. In Malawi, coaches sulk and behave like players.

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