To withstand the heat of TNM Super League, Karonga United Football Club (FC) has accelerated its team-building campaign by roping in eight new players.
Notably they have signed outstanding Christopher Mtambo and Hardy Ng’andu from relegated Chitipa United.
Karonga United’s Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga Banda confirmed to Malawi News Agency (Mana) Sunday in Mzuzu that the two are already in Karonga’s squad.He said the remaining six players are from big clubs in the TNM Super League and are expected to be with the club by February1, 2018.
Banda conceded that their relegation from the elite league previously was due to inability to rope in players outside Karonga.
“At first we were cheating ourselves by using our own players, we will have the capacity to stand the heat in the league and we only opted to players within Karonga.
Banda added that the club will sign others from Simama and Chipiku leagues.
“We have changed strategy from relying on our regular players only to make a strong team,” he said.
Banda declined to mention the targeted players for fear of being hijacked by other clubs.
“I cannot mention their names because other teams take chances once we mention their names but for those mentioned, they cannot because they are ours,” he said.
Recently, Karonga United was heavily linked with Be Forward Wanderers Striker Khumbo Ng’ambi and Victor Nyirenda from relegated Blantyre United.
Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Chairperson, Lameck Khonje has commended Karonga United for beefing up their squad with experienced players.
“They really need to recruit more experienced players so that they should remain in the league. We already have fewer teams in the league from the north and it is our wish to have more,” he viewed.
Reporting by : Bernard Mhone, Mana