TNM Super League title contenders Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers this afternoon face Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Masters Security, respectively, in tricky encounters that could influence the title.
The People’s Team host the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while the Nomads will be away at Nankhaka in Lilongwe
Currently, Bullets lead the 16-team league with 55 points from 25 games, a point ahead of second-placed Wanderers.
Any slip by either of the two giants could prove fatal in their pursuit for the title.
The league title is the only hope for both Bullets and Wanderers this season after failing to win the Airtel Top 8 and the Fisd Challenge Cup.
Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa yesterday said they have left no stone unturned to get maximum points.
“We will try to win all our remaining games because the league has reached a crucial point where any slip-up would be costly on our title defence ambitions,” he said.
KB assistant coach Temwa Msuku, whose side is eighth on the log-table with 39 points from 27 games, said they will not be mere pushovers this afternoon as they also have scores to settle.
“Our target is to finish the season within the top-eight bracket and qualify for the next Airtel Top 8 Tournament. So, expect an explosive match as we seek maximum points tomorrow [today],” he said.
Fisd Challenge Cup leading scorer Fransisco Kamdzeka, Harvey Nkacha and Nation Harazi are the men Bullets should keep a wary eye on while the People’s Team will bank their hopes on Peter Banda and Hassan Kajoke, who is turning into their talisman.
KB narrowly beat Bullets 1-0 in the first round and that was their only victory in their last five meetings that saw Bullets winning four games.
Meanwhile, Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira, whose team thrashed Masters 6-1 in the first-round, said he is also aware that a loss this afternoon would give Bullets a big advantage in the title race.
“It is our dream to win the league title this season. We know that can only be possible only if we register victories in all our remaining games and hope that Bullets will falter in one of their matches,” he said.
But Masters’ coach Jabil Malirosaid his outfit which anchors the table with 20 points from 26 matches, is also hungry for maximum points as they fight to survive relegation.
This afternoon, Bullets will be without their midfielder Aziz Mwakifuna while Wanderers will miss the services of their midfielder Francisco Madinga. Both are with the Under-20 national team in Zambia for the Cosafa Under-20 Championship.