Be Forward Wanderers’ opponents in the preliminary rounds of the Caf Champions League, AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are in France fine-tuning for the two teams’ first-leg match slated for February 11 in Kinshasa.
While in France, the team is expected to play strength-testing matches ahead of the Nomads clash.
As of yesterday, details of the team’s matches were not available.
On Saturday, Wanderers drew 1-1 against Mangochi Select in their third strength testing match having lost 1-0 to Mozambican champions UD Songo before beating Masters Security 4-0 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe recently.
Masters will travel to Angola for the first leg against Petro de Luanda on February 10 in Luanda.
Some quarters have questioned Nomads’ preparations, saying they are playing against lowly ranked teams.
But Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, insisted that they are not distracted by Vita’s preparations in Europe.
“We are only focusing on our preparations and we are happy with the progress. We are not scared at all. Vita could be in France but we will be at the same level with them on the pitch during the game,” Butao said.
Wanderers are also expected to face bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets in Lilongwe in another strength-testing match.
Butao also indicated that Wanderers might play another match in Zambia enroute to DRC next month.
“We are looking at the possibilities of playing one or two games with Zambian teams before the game against AS Vita,” Butao said.
The Nomads have bolstered their squad with seven players, namely Denis Chembezi, Blessings Tembo, Nikiza Aimable, Mischeck Botoman, Peter Cholopi, Dan Kumwenda and William Thole.
Masters have also strengthened their squad having signed Zaliet Nkhoma, Rafik Mussa, Kondwani Lufeyo, Limbani Suwedi and Zondiwe Munthali.
Wanderers are making a return to the continental showpiece after 17 years whereas Masters will make their maiden appearance.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that a delegation from Vita is expected in the country today on a fact-finding mission.
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