Super League Select side is likely to miss six key players when meeting Kamuzu Barracks in a friendly match at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe on Saturday.
Super League sponsor, TNM has organised the match as part of celebrations marking the company’s 10-year sponsorship of the domestic elite football league.
Fans voted for the Select team’s Coach [Yasin Osman] and the players. The voted for players include Stanley Sanudi, Richard Chipuwa (Be Forward Wanderers) Dalitso Sailesi, Yamikani Fodya, Fischer Kondowe (Nyasa Big Bullets) and Lucky Malata (Silver Strikers).
However, the Select team has faced hiccups due to the absence of key players such as Bullets’ goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe, defender Miracle Gabeya and striker Chiukepo Msowoya.
Wanderers’ Peter Wadabwa, Joseph Kamwendo and Mafco’s hitman, Richard Mbulu, are outside the country.
Kakhobwe and Mbulu are reportedly training with Mozambican sides Chingale FC and Costol do Sol, respectively.
Gabeya and Msowoya are in South Africa for trials with Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, respectively, while Wadabwa and Kamwendo are
in Japan on a similar mission, which has since flopped.
But the Select team’s assistant Coach, Elia Kananji, downplayed the unavailability of these players, saying they will be replaced by those on the stand-by list.
“Although we have been given only two days to prepare, the team will win because the players are still fit as the season has just ended,” Kananji said.
“I am very impressed with the supporters because they have voted the best in the Super League. Of course, missing those players who are outside the country, will affect us.”
Sulom and TNM will later on tomorrow award teams and players who were outstanding in the just-ended season.
The winner between the Super League champions and the Select team will pocket K2 million.
Super League of Malawi Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, said they have put the prize money and a trophy at stake to bring competition between the two teams.
“We want to make our league more competitive and exciting. This is happening for the first time in the history of Malawi football. We are giving a chance to supporters to vote their best players, a coach, his assistant and a team manager,” Banda said.
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