TNM Super League rookies, Bvumbwe Research FC, are grudgingly ready to have a feel of life up the top tier league when they face Big Bullets tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium.
Bvumbwe have had no break since their promotion from the Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football Leagueâ€™s (SRFL) Premier Division.
Coach Bob Mpinganjira on Thursday admitted that his charges had no rest as there was simply no time for that.
“We thought we would rest for a week, but that was the very same time we were told to fulfil a Presidential Initiative on Sports game. Are we ready? What else can I say? Let me just say we are,” said Mpinganjira.
Bvumbwe were promoted to the Super League alongside their Central and Northern regions counterparts Kamuzu Barracks and Kabwafu FC respectively.
Bvumbwe meet a Bullets squad smarting from a 4-0 thumping by defending champions Silver Strikers last week in Lilongwe.
“On paper, we are meeting Bvumbwe, but practically it is Wanderers B. We have talked to the players that there is so much money at stake. We do not want to embarrass our new sponsors, Carlsberg,” Mkandawire said in reference to former Nomads at Bvumbwe such as James Chuma [patron], Mpinganjira and players Vincent Chinthenga and Rafik Mussa.
Bvumbwe had no off season because the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and the three regional leagues failed to harmonise their calendar.
Last season, relegated Cobbe Barracks also did not rest before joining the Super League.