Nyasa Big Bullets are relishing the opportunity of dislodging Red Lions from the summit of the TNM Super League table if they beat Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe this afternoon.
Currently, the People’s Team is third in the 16-team top-flight league with 10 points from five matches—two short of Lions and a point shy of second-placed PremierBet Wizards—who are both on bye.
Bullets assistant coach Elia Kananji said having won three games on the trot, they believe they have now turned the corner.
“It will be incredible to win and go top after our poor start to the season, but we expect a tough game against Eagles because they too are desperate to pull through. Besides that, games between us and Eagles are always tight and unpredictable,” he said.
Kananji also said on paper, the odds favour the Area 30-based cops as they will be playing at home.
“But we are set for the game.”
Eagles, who are on 10th position with five points from five matches, are struggling to find their usual rhythm, a development that forced the team’s management to call for an emergency meeting last week.
The meeting established that the team lacks firepower and asked coach Audilow Makonyola and his backroom staff to work on that.
The coach said he hopes there will be an improvement starting with today’s encounter.
“We have been working on our shortfalls and we are optimistic of bouncing back,” he said.
Eagles will bank their hopes on captain Micium Mhone who orchestrates play from the wings, defending midfielder Phillip Masiye and strikers John Malidadi Jnr and Tizgobere Kumwenda.
Like old vintage wine, veteran winger Fischer ‘Anong’a’ Kondowe appears to be getting better with age and has been scoring vital goals for Bullets.
He should be on song again this afternoon aided by the likes of Bright Munthali and Collen Nkhulambe.
Tomorrow, Bullets face rookies Masters Security at Dedza Stadium.
In other games slated for this afternoon, bottom-placed Chitipa United host Silver Strikers at Mzuzu Stadium.
Chitipa are still hunting for their maiden win in the rough terrain of the flagship league in which they have just a point from six matches.
Be Forward Wanderers travel to Dwangwa to face Dwangwa United at Chitowe. Despite lying on ninth position, the Nomads have a 100 percent record having won both their games against champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Wizards.
KB host Civil Sporting Club at Civo Stadium. KB are 12th with four points from four games whereas the Civil Servants lie second from the bottom with three points from five games.
Blantyre hosts its first match when Azam Tigers engage Blantyre United at Chilomoni Stadium.