By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
The clubs, namely Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Civil Sorting Club, have indicated that they are hunting for top strikers on the market.
Each of the four big guns have singled out their frontlines as their weakest going by their performances in the 2018 season.
In the just ended season, Bullets scored 54 goals whereas Wanderers and Silver netted 48 and 40 goals, respectively. Civil scored 35 goals.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, told Times Radio on Friday that he would bolster his side with three players, including a striker.
“We are looking for a defender, a midfielder and a striker. Once we finalise all the process, we will unveil the striker,” Haiya was quoted as saying.
Bullets have already signed left back Precious Sambani from Namiwawa Madrid after the player spent two seasons at Wanderers on loan.
Bullets have veteran Chiukepo Msowoya, Bright Munthali and Patrick Phiri as recognised centre forwards, with Nelson Kangunje operating behind the strikers.
Despite the acquisition of Nigerian striker Babatunde Adeboye last week, Wanderers said they are not done yet on the transfer market.
“We might bring in one or two more players before the season starts. I do not want to indicate the positions we want to beef up but we will add numbers to fill the gaps,” Nomads General Secretary Mike Butao said.
Wanderers have other strikers such as Zicco Mkanda, Essau Kanyenda, Peter Wadabwa, Julius Kajembe and Mischeck Botomani. Mkanda was Wanderers’s top goal scorer last season after netting 21 goals in all competitions. He scored 11 goals in the TNM Super League, five behind Golden Boot Award winner Msowoya.
Silver General Secretary Lawrence Yobe also indicated that his club would bring in a striker.
“We lacked firepower upfront. So based on recommendations from our coaches, we are looking for a quality striker,” Yobe said.
The Central Bankers, who finished the season empty handed, have Michael Tetteh, Khudah Muyaba, Ronald Pangani and Mphatso Philimon as strikers.
Civil Coach Franco Ndawa also said the striking force is one of the areas he would like to strengthen for the new season.
“We need to add numbers in almost all departments but I will be happy if we sign one striker,” Ndawa said.
Civil have Raphael Phiri, Christopher Kumwembe and Fletcher Bandawe in their attacking department.
Scoring is one of the biggest problems in Malawi football with national teams also struggling to hit the back of the net.
Some of the recognised strikers who are likely to be on high demand on the market include the Tigers duo of Peter Kasonga and Luke Chima and Stain Davie of TN Stars.