Nyasa Big Bullets’ stand at the summit of the TNM Super League faces a stern test this afternoon as they face wounded hosts Dwangwa United at Chitowe Stadium in Nkhotakota while second-placed Silver Strikers take on Mzuni FC at Karonga Stadium.
If Bullets lose to Dwangwa and Silver beat Mzuni, the tables will turn in favour of the Bankers, who are just two points behind Bullets and have a game in hand.
Bullets lead the 16-team log-table with 21 points from nine games, having won six and drawn thrice while Silver have 19 points from eight matches.
And pressure has piled on Bullets as Dwangwa coach Dave Mwandira, whose side return to their backyard after two consecutive away defeats to Blue Eagles (4-0) and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) (2-1), has vowed to put their unbeaten run to an end.
In their last four league clashes, Bullets won thrice by a single goal margin while the other one ended goalless when they first met in the 2016 season at Chitowe.
“We have suffered enough losses to Bullets and it is payback time. I know it will be a very difficult match but we are determined to end their unbeaten run this season,” said Mwandira, whose side is 12th on the ladder with 11 points from 10 matches.
But Bullets assistant coach Elia Kananji said they are ready to handle the pressure.
“It is our wish to remain at the top and keep our unbeaten run alive. Therefore, everything will be known at the end of the 90 minutes,” he said.
In another crucial matches, Civil Sporting Club and Red Lions face-off in a battle for the third place at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. Civil are third with 16 points from nine games whereas Lions are fourth with 15 points from 10 matches.
Be Forward Wanderers will take on hosts KB at Kasungu Stadium. Wanderers are 13th on the table with eight points from six matches while KB are fifth with 15 points from 10 matches.
KB will be itching to avenge the back-to-back 1-0 losses they suffered in Airtel Top 8 quarter-finals.