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Silver Strikers to court Ethiopian team

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By Williams Gondwa:

Silver Strikers hope to secure a friendly before facing A.O CMS of Gabon in Confederation of African Football (Caf) Cup preliminary round match.

Silver interim General Secretary, Lawrence Yobe, Tuesday said they have earmarked Ethiopian giants St George FC for the match.

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Yobe said other clubs in Ethiopia have shown interest in playing Silver.

He said they are talking to the Malawian Embassy in Ethiopia for logistics to do with the friendlies.

“Discussions with our colleagues in Ethiopia are at an advanced stage. By the end of business today [Tuesday] we would have a concrete answer on which team we will meet,” Yobe said.

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Silver have returned to the Caf competition for the first time in 25 years.

Meanwhile, Nyasa Big Bullets date JKU of Zanzibar in a friendly today to prepare for Caf Champions League assignments.

Bullets were drawn against Kenyan giants Gor Mahia in the Champions League.

Bullets left for Tanzania on Monday evening and will proceed to Dar es Salaam to play another friendly against Simba FC on Friday.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, believes the matches would help Coach Callisto Pasuwa to build a strong team.

“These are important games for us. We know that playing Tanzanian sides would help us to have a feel of Kenyan football as the two nations have a lot of things in common.

“The team is without five key players namely Rabson Chiyenda, John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Chiukepo Msowoya and Patrick Phiri who are with the national team but we have told the rest of the players to work hard. We hope to get good results,” Haiya said.

The People’s Team suffered their first TNM Super League defeat of the season, losing 1-0 to Masters Security FC at Balaka Stadium over the weekend.

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