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Returning players boost Malawi Defence Force teams

By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams have received big boosts following the arrival of their stars from the Democratic Republic of Congo where they were deployed on a peace-keeping mission.

MDF has Moyale and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) in the TNM Super League whereas several teams campaign in regional leagues.

These are Airborne Rangers, Mafco, Red Lions, Chilumba Barracks, Changalume Barracks, Support Battalion and MDF Marine.

Cobbe Barracks, Airborne, Mafco and Red Lions competed in the top flight league and were relegated because of poor performance.

The players are expected to help the military teams improve their performance, especially those eyeing promotion.

KB welcome back Harvey Nkacha, Kelvin Hanganda, Zinjani Yona, Vincent Mphepo, Sekani Mhango,

Julius Mkwinja and Mustafa Salimu whereas Moyale will see the return of Timothy Nyirenda and Chamveka Gwetsani.

But KB would not have much to celebrate about as Diof Simaone, Lemani Nthala and Komani Msiska will be joining the contingent flying out to the war-torn country.

KB assistant Coach, Ted Kalinda, said the players’ return would boost their title chances.

“We are still in the title race and the returning players give us hope for improved performances. We will assess them after giving them a few weeks’ rest before throwing them into the deep end,” Kalinda said.

KB, who won their first-ever TNM Super League title in 2016, are third on the log table with 31 points from 18 games, five behind leaders Be Forward Wanderers.

Mafco were without Stain Malata, Saidi Mtekama, Jailosi Kapalamula and Paul Phiri whereas Red Lions will welcome back Innocent Bokosi, Saopa Mpotalinga, Sungani Msiska, Thomas Makombwa, Mac Peter Makwale and Moses Nankumba

Mafco assistant Coach, Yohane Fulaye, said he was excited with his players’ return.

“We will engage an extra gear as we fight for a return to the top flight league. The return of the players is a morale booster for us,” Fulaye said.

Mafco and Red Lions are hoping for a quick return to the top flight league after they were relegated due to poor performances last season.

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