Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
HARARE giants Dynamos are today expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with their Malawian counterparts Big Bullets for their pre-season trip to Malawi where they expect to face the MTL champions in back-to-back friendly matches next week. DeMbare are expected to leave next Thursday and then play Bullets the following weekend. One of the organisers Felix Sapao yesterday said the clubs are expected to seal their agreement today when they put signatures on paper.
“Everything has been agreed upon in principle but we can safely confirm the matches probably tomorrow (today) or Friday after the contracts have been signed.
“What happens in such cases is that both sides would need to protect their interests and I think they have finalised 95 percent of the issues. But there were only a few touch ups remaining, of which by tomorrow (today) they should be done and the contracts signed,” said Sapao.
Dynamos, who are planning for the new season under a new set-up led by coach, Paulo Jorge Silva, hope to take their preparations to a new level during the trip to Malawi.
They play their first match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on March 5 and then travel to Lilongwe the following day for the second match at Civo Stadium. Their hosts, Big Bullets, are excited about welcoming the Harare giants and they have since confirmed their readiness to host DeMbare.
Bullets’ general secretary Kelvin Moyo told the Malawian media this week that they are looking to use the pre-season games as part of their build up to the new season which starts on April 9.
The side won the Malawian championship last season and they are keen to maintain their place as the champions. “We can now confirm that all is set in as far as hosting Dynamos is concerned. We will divulge more information at a Press conference.
“We expect the whole squad to start training this week after some players were on a tour in various districts. Our fans should also expect to see our new signings like (Muhammad) Sulumba in training,” said Moyo.
Like Dynamos, Bullets have been strengthening their squad and already they have secured the services of Muhammad Sulumba from Blantyre United, Ernest Kakhobwe and Amadu Makawa.
They are also making relentless efforts to sign two of Civo United defenders, Emmanuel Zoya and John Lanjesi, who should also feature in the pre-season friendly games against DeMbare.
Dynamos have played a number of friendly matches since the beginning of the month when they welcomed Zambian side Kabwe Warriors at Rufaro. Last week they played a double-header against Division One sides WhaWha and ZRP Football Club.
The Glamour Boys’ secretary-general Webster Chikengezha yesterday said preparations for the tour are on course. DeMbare are also looking to go to Tanzania after completing their assignments in Malawi to feature in a triangular tournament that will involve bitter rivals Young Africans and Simba.
“I think it’s good we are playing these matches because it gives our team the practice they need ahead of the new season. We had wanted to proceed from Malawi to Tanzania but then the distance is too long.
“It will not be proper for the boys to travel by road and then expect them to play again after travelling such distances. So we have resolved to come back home after the Malawi tour and then fly from Harare since the flights from Malawi to Tanzania are erratic. The hosts are providing the air tickets,” said Chikengezha.