Early birds: Ntopwa and Chitipa start league preps next month

Ntopwa FC

The 2019 TNM Super League season saw some teams struggling to survive relegation, including Chitipa United, Ntopwa and Mzuni (now Mzuzu Warriors).

With most teams resting before this year’s season starts in April, Chitipa and Ntopwa have announced plans to start preparations earlier.

Ntopwa technical director, Isaac Jomo Osman said on Monday that the team will regroup on February 3 welcoming the old and new players willing to try their luck.

"I can confirm to you that we will be starting our training early next month ahead of the new season slated for April,We finished the league on a high note but that does not mean that we should relax. As you aware Bullets and Wanderers loaned us four players,we are not sure if the marriage will continue this season depending on their plans hence the need to regroup earlier to find suitable players," he said.

Ntopwa finished the league on position 11 with 35 points and will now be using Bangwe Youth Centre ground for training since Country Club Limbe ground is closed.

Some of the loaned players that helped the team survive relegation in the maiden league appearance include goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba and forward Dave Banda from Bullets, while defending midfielder Chikondi Kamanga and winger Richard Rabson are from Wanderers.

The Amaghetto Kids finished the 2019 TNM Super league season on 11th position with 35 points from 30 games.

Chitipa United coach, Alex Ngwira has also disclosed they are regrouping earlier as a way of strengthening the team to ensure their survival in the league.

“This time we do not want to be near relegation struggle. Last season we had problems with players and resources, but this time I want us to be strong on the ground by ensuring we have two or more players on each department. I am sure that way we will have a good start to the season,” Ngwira said.

The former Mzuni coach took the team on their return into the top-flight league but managed to finish 13th on the table with 32 points.

Sulom is awarding the best performing teams in the league on Friday in Blantyre.