Nyasa Bullets target DeMbare partnership

Eddie Chikamhi in BLANTYRE, Malawi
MALAWI football champions Nyasa Big Bullets are mulling plans to establish stronger ties with Harare giants Dynamos by pushing an agenda to make the Glamour Boys their sister club.

Bullets vice secretary-general Kelvin Moyo yesterday said they have a lot to learn from DeMbare who have impressed them with a record 21 league titles in their 53 years of existence.

The Malawi side have invited Dynamos to be the guest team to mark the launch of their new sponsorship with cigarette manufacturer Nyasa Manufacturing Company.

Moyo yesterday said they were keen to engage the Harare giants and will follow up the talks with the DeMbare leadership.

“We are seriously considering that. Unfortunately, the secretary-general of Dynamos Webster Chikengezha is not around, but we would want that to happen.

“We want to learn more because we are commercialising. We are going into the professional set up. Zimbabwe have been doing this for several years, but we are just starting. We need somebody who has experience to guide us and I think it’s proper that we get that experience from Dynamos who are the biggest team in Zimbabwe.

“Look, we didn’t just invite any team to come here to mark the launch of our new sponsor, but we decided to bring in one of the biggest teams in the region.

“Big teams have the biggest experience and we hope that the association with Dynamos will help us as Bullets to grow our profile,” said Moyo.

Dynamos head of delegation and executive member Webster Marechera confirmed the Malawians have approached him with the proposal, but could not discuss it since the secretary-general Chikengezha, who is responsible for that portfolio was not available.

DeMbare will clash with Bullets in two friendly matches today and tomorrow as part of the hosts programme to launch the coming on board of a new sponsor.

There may be nothing much on the stake when the two teams lock horns at the Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon, but the hype it has created among the home supporters has made it more than just a friendly match. Hundreds of fans yesterday came to watch Dynamos train at the match venue before the hosts also went through their paces.

Earlier, the match was under a cloud following disagreements over the mode of payment of the Glamour Boys’ appearance fees as had been agreed.

The hosts had wanted to pay the money in Kwacha, but DeMbare insisted they would not play the match until they got their dues in dollars.

The issue was later resolved and Bullets’ spokesperson Moyo said they are now looking forward to an entertaining match.

“It’s a very important game to Bullets because we are going to the 2016 season as defending champions.

“This time around we didn’t play in the CAF Champions League, but last year we participated and got knocked out in the first round by Sudan giants Al Hilal.

“But our results were good on the domestic scene especially because of that experience of playing in the Champions League.

“We managed to get the league with a 16-point gap.

“So playing Dynamos is good experience because the Zimbabwean league is a superior league. Most of their teams play in the CAF competitions and the experience we are going to gain will definitely help us in our preparation for the 2016 season. We hope this will help us to retain the championship.

“We expect a tough match because we are playing a tough team. We are champions and we are also playing a team that has all the qualities of a champion. So it’s like a Champions League match,” said Moyo.

The team will travel to Lilongwe tonight for the second match tomorrow.

Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge Silva said he was looking forward to the match.

Silva said the matches will provide the Glamour Boys with the preparation for the new season.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian forward who was recommended by football legend Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha arrived in Zimbabwe for trials on Wednesday.

The player is expected to start training with the Glamour Boys next week.

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