Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are playing hide-and-seek on their logistical plans in the countdown to Saturday’s Carlsberg Cup final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
While both teams said they were planning to leave for the capital city on Friday, The Nation yesterday established that Bullets and Nomads were scheduled to depart secretly for Lilongwe and Dedza respectively last night.
Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmail told The Nation that the People’s Team went into camp on Sunday and started full-time training on Monday.
“We went into camp last Sunday and then switched to full-time training on Monday, but this should not be viewed as an element of fear.
“We have not gone into camp or embarked on full-time training because we are playing Wanderers, but because a cup final requires that we have thorough preparations. So, even if we were facing Zomba United or Dedza Young Soccer, we would have still gone into camp,” said Ishmail.
The Nation confirmed that the People’s Team had embarked on full-time training on Monday, but had not yet gone into camp.
“The team is departing for Lilongwe tonight [last night], they will rest in the morning tomorrow [today] before loosening up at Nankhaka Stadium in the afternoon,” said a source.
Similarly, Wanderers team manager Stevie Madeira yesterday claimed that the Nomads would not go into full-scale camping in preparation for the final and will also depart for Lilongwe tomorrow.
But The Nation yesterday established that Wanderers had also planned to depart for Dedza last night where they would camp until the day of the match.
Bullets had been training at Moneymen ground while the Nomads were practising at Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Chiwembe Technical Centre ground.
To qualify for the finals, Bullets thumped Silver Strikers 3-0 while the Nomads edged Moyale Barracks 1-0.
The Bullets are the current holders.
They won the cup last year after beating Zomba United 2-0.