20 February 2018 08:08
Malawi champions, Be Forward Wanderers, have cautioned DR Congo giants, AS Vita, to expect a good run for their money in Wednesday preliminary round second leg clash in Lilongwe.
The six-time Malawi league giants are seething with anger after collapsing to a 4-0 loss in the first leg in Kinshasa last week.
But heading into the second-leg Wanderers Technical Director Jack Chamangwana, tells CAFOnline.com they learnt a bitter lesson in Kinshasa.
“It is obvious that after we lost in the first-leg, we have to attack at all cost in the home game. Of course, we cannot just attack. We also have to be cautious.
“Vita are good team but we can deliver the goods. It is just pace and fluid movement on and off the ball that makes them deadly on counterattack, but we can match them and win the home game. After-all, we have home ground advantage,” Chamangwana said.
Returning to continental football for the first time in 17 years, Wanderers have a good record at the Lilongwe stadium, having won the last three games in all competitions.
However, Wanderers veteran coach Yasin Osman, admits his charges have a mountain to climb.
The Malawian giant needs to win by at least five unanswered goals, but Wanderers’ record of rarely keeping clean sheets serves a source of worry.
Another setback for the Lilongwe-based club is the unavailability of right-back Stanley Sanudi, who has been dropped from the playing squad over disciplinary issues.
New signing Denis Chembezi could start in Sanudi’s place at the back alongside experienced Harry Nyirenda, Lucky Malata and Francis Mlimbika.
Captain Joseph Kamwendo will lead the Nomads, as Wanderers are affectionately known, from midfield with Alfred Manyozo, who was the team’s stand-out player in the first-leg, set to start.
Striker Peter Wadabwa has, of late, been featured alone upfront in a defensive 4-5-1 system that thrives on counterattacks.
But Osman might switch to a balanced 4-4-2 with veteran Esau Kanyenda partnering Wadabwa upfront.
Wanderers should watch out for Vita players such as Ducapel Moloko, Mukoko Batezadio and Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele who scored in the first-leg.
Speaking to the media in Kinshasa after the first-leg win, Vita Coach Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibenge, said his charges would have to be wary of Wanderers in the second-leg.
“They (Wanderers) are not an easy side. They are a top team. We have more pedigree than them. We just have to take them seriously and not underrate them because they have some skilful players such as jersey number 10 (Kamwendo) and the goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa,” Ibenge said.
Based in the commercial city of Blantyre, Wanderers are among Malawi’s oldest football clubs, having been established in the 1960s.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Williamsville AC (Cote d’Ivoire) vs Stade Malien (Mali) (1-1)
Olympic de Bangui (Central African Republic) vs ES Setif (Algeria) (0-6)
El Hilal (Sudan) vs LISCR (Liberia) (0-1)
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
KCCA (Uganda) vs CNaPs Sport (Madagascar) (1-2)
Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) vs Bantu (Lesotho) (4-2)
Aduana (Ghana) vs El Tahadi (Libya) (0-1)
Mounana (Gabon) vs RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) (0-1)
MFM (Nigeria) vs AS Real (Mali) (1-1)
MC Alger (Algeria) vs AS Otoho (Congo) (0-2)
Horoya (Guinea) vs AS FAN (Niger) (3-1)
Makkassa (Egypt) vs Generation Foot (Senegal) (0-2)
Saint Louis (Seychelles) vs Young Africans (Tanzania) (0-1)
El Merreikh (Sudan) vs Township Rollers (Botswana) (0-3)
Leones Vegatarianos (Equatorial Guinea) vs Gor Mahia (Kenya) (0-2)
Esperance (Tunisia) vs Concorde (Mauritania) (1-1)
Eding Sport (Cameroon) vs Plateau United (Nigeria) (0-3)
AS Port (Togo) vs AC Leopards (Congo) (1-2)
Zesco (Zambia) vs JKU (Zanzibar) (0-0)
ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) vs Buffles (Benin) (1-1)
UD Songo (Mozambique) vs Ngaya (Comoros) (1-1)
Be Forward (Malawi) vs AS Vita (DR Congo) (0-4)
FC Platinum (Zimbabwe) vs Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) (0-3)
Pamplemousses (Mauritius) vs Bidvest (South Africa) (0-2)
Difaa El Jadida (Morocco) 10-0 Benfica (Guinea Bissau)
Benfica (Guinea Bissau) vs Difaa El Jadida (Morocco) (0-10)
Lydia Academic (Burundi) vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda) (1-1)
Saturday, 24 February 2918
Armed Forces (Gambia) vs Zanaco (Zambia) (0-3)