NEWS | SPORTS
By Lusekero Mhango
Newly promoted Super League side Karonga United says there will be no fear factor when facing Nyasa Big Bullets at the Soccer Cathedral of Karonga Stadium this Saturday.
The Pre-season friendly match among others, has been arranged to fundraise for Karonga United and also to calm tensions among the 2 clubs’ fans following incidents that saw Karonga United players and officials assaulted by alleged Big Bullets hooligans in Blantyre when the two clubs faced each other in the last 16 of the FISD Cup last October.
Speaking in an interview, Karonga United tactician Christopher Nyambosi, said the strength testing match has come at the right time for his side as his new players acclimatize to his passing style philosophy.
“We haven’t had a long time to train the boys but as a coach I have seen a lot of positive things so far and slow but sure my players are adapting to my new philosophy. So the Bullets game will be a good learning curve,” he said.
He added, the game has come at the right time also as his boys need to familiarize to the newly constructed stadium.
“It’s vital that we get used to the new home surrounding and the conditions of the pitch because we need to adapt to the stadium quickly as we must make this stadium a fortress as our survival chances in the upcoming league season will hinge on our home form,” he explained.
Never the less Nyambosi concedes the Ing’winas of Karonga have nothing to lose in the match as they will be heading into the match as huge underdogs.
“We want to maintain the form that we are in the Simama Premier League, We will not be intimidated by the stars that they have. We will just go out and play our game and we are confident despite being a friendly game we can cause an upset,” said a confident Nyambosi.
Meanwhile notable additions to the Karonga United squad include Simama Premier League top goal scorer Tonic Viyuyu of Rumphy Pirates, Steve Dimba from Mzuni and Christopher Mtambo from relegated side Chitipa United.