The government through the ministry of Youth and Sports has organised a friendly match of the Blantyre Derby derby between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers to spice up the 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Ministry of Youth and Sports and both teams have confirmed the development.
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Chairperson of Commercialisation drive, Clement Stambuli said that they have accepted the offer through the ministry.
“It is a national duty and we feel honoured to entertain Malawians during such an important occasion, ” Said Stambuli.
Stambuli added that Nomads are ready to accept the terms to be set by the government.
On his part, Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Suzgo Nyirenda said they are ready to face their neighbours.
Nyirenda said, “We feel humbled by Government’s gesture. As Bullets, we are ready to play. We remains now are the logistics in terms of preparatory resources and appearance fee.”
Ministry of Youth and Sports director of Sports Jameson Ndalama said details will be announced by the Office of President and Cabinet who are organizing the even but he confirmed the development.
“So, if an ideal time, a statement regarding the activities will be issued by the Office of President and Cabinet, ” he said.
Both teams are expected to miss some of their key players due to international duties. Bullets are likely to be without Clever Mkungula, Preciuos Sambani, Gomezgani Chirwa, Hadji Wali, Chimwemwe Idana, Anthony Mfune, Patrick Mwaungulu whose names appears on the 31-man provisional squad released by the Flames Head Coach, Marinica.
On the other hand, Mighty Wanderers are likely to face their fierce neighbours without Captain Stanley Sanudi, Yamikani Chester, Chiukepo Msowoya and Balikinyo Mwakanyongo.
The Blantyre’s two story-teller Clubs who are claustrophobically and spritualy galaxy apart also met on 55th Independent Day in 2019 with Nomads beating the red corner courtesy of Fransisco Madinga’s second half strike.
Nyasa Big Bullets more irregular and Reserve players like Nixon Nyasulu, Gift Jana, Henry Kabitchi, Ben Manyozo, Elias Misi, Stanley Billiati among others.
Piliran Mzonda, Fischer Kondowe, Charles Petro were the regular players who featured on the day.
On the other hand, Mighty Wanderers used more regular players such as Zicco Mkanda, Fransisco Madinga, Simion Singa, Joseph Kamwendo, Peter Katsonga, Dennis Chembezi.
Teams pocketed K5 million each as a participation fee from the then-president, Professor Peter Mutharika.