On the 20th of February, FC Žalgiris played a friendly game with a club from Estonia FC Flora. It was the last test for Lithuanian champions before the Supercup match against Trakai. Preparation for the official start of the season ended on a high note as Senegal international Mamadou Mbodj scored a late winner to give Žalgiris a 1:0 win.
During the preseason Žalgiris played nine friendly games. In the first game, Lithuanian champions overcame Wigry team from Suwalki scorline of 1:0. Next game turned into a nightmare as Žalgiris got beaten 4:0 by Riga FS team. Then, Žalgiris went on a training camp in Turkey from 2nd till 16th of February. During this period team played six friendly games. Žalgiris won 1:0 against Slovan (Bratislava), lost 0:1 to Dinamo (Minsk), overcame Sibir (Novosibirsk) 3:2, lost 1:2 to FC Samtredia from Georgia, won 1:0 against Olimpija (Ljubljana) and finally played out a 1:1 draw against Shakhter from Soligorsk.
Žalgiris returned to Vilnius on 16th of February and after a short period of rest started preparation for the Supercup. In the last friendly game against Flora, Lithuanian champions tested themselves on the artificial turf of Sportima. Žalgiris fans had a chance to see the new players in action – forward Komnen Andrič and midfielder Mahamane Traore. 21-year old forward from Serbia joined Žalgiris in Turkey, scored two goals in friendly games against FC Samtredia and Shakhter and proved that he could become a valuable addition to the team.
28-year old Traore arrived at Žalgiris from France. From 2005 till 2016 he was a member of Ligue 1 team OGC Nice and played more than 100 games at the highest level. He spent the last seven months without competitive football, but he hopes that playing for Žalgiris will help him regain his form.
"I think it will be the best for club and myself. I will try to add some experience and will do everything that is in my power to help Žalgiris their goals in European competitions,“ promised Traore.
On the 21st of February Andrič and Traore were officially introduced to media. Both players will be eligible to take part in Lithuanian Supercup game against Trakai on the 26th of February.