Despite differences over Timothy Chitedze, Silver Strikers have let sportsmanship prevail after accepting to play Mighty Be Forward Wanderers on Sunday to commemorate the launch of the Be Forward brand.
Silver treasurer Fred Kalonga said they got the invitation last Thursday from their counterparts and are ready to honour the fixture.
“Despite other issues that come into football, we and Wanderers always have a great relationship and we are happy to participate at the launch. We also feel honoured to have been invited. As you may recall, we were the first club to congratulate Wanders when the news of Be Forward sponsorship came in,” said Kalonga.
The Silver/Wanderers relationship has grown in recent times both on and off the pitch. Bad blood rose to new heights when the two sides were involved in a blame game after their match ended in violence that cost a life in 2013.
“That is all in the past and we have a good relationship with Wanderers,” said Kalonga
Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao confirmed that indeed they have invited Silver for the launch.
“We extended the invitation to Silver and they have accepted. We want to have a great launch,” said Butao
Before facing Wanderers on Sunday, Silver have lined up another friendly against Azam Tigers to be played at Kamuzu Stadium.
“It is such games that will determine whether we are in shape for the new season or not. We are going there with our best squad and this will provide the technical people with opportunity to select the main squad,” said Kalonga.
Silver are in a rebuilding phase after losing four key players to foreign clubs during the preseason period.