Age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have stepped up the hype ahead of tomorrow’s Blantyre derby with a flurry of mind games.
The People’s Team host the Nomads at Kamuzu Stadium in the latest episode of the commercial city derby in the TNM Super League.
It has been seven years since the Nomads last beat Bullets in a league encounter as their last triumph was on July 1 2012.
However, the Lali Lubani Road outfit’s chairperson Gift Mkandawire and flamboyant fan Yona Malunga yesterday declared that tomorrow will be the turning point.
Said Mkandawire: “As parents, we have, for seven years, allowed our baby to be happy.
“Therefore, this time we want to teach them a bitter lesson by clobbering them convincingly.
“Having said that, we do not want violence at the end of the game, so our boys have been told to whip them with a wide margin so that their fans should accept easily.”
On his part, Malunga said the honeymoon is over for Bullets.
“La 40 liwakwanira mawa [tomorrow will prove to be the defining moment]. It is time to teach them some manners,” he said.
But Bullets administration director Albert Chigoga, sounding ice cool, laughed off Nomads’ tough talk, saying: “It is wishful thinking for Wanderers to think that after misfiring for seven years they have found the magic to beat us. History will repeat itself.
“We will not be beaten by their figment of imagination. We have the quality and determination to cause an upset.”
He said training is always intensive to defend the championship.
Bullets director responsible for supporters Stone Mwamadi described the Nomads’ upbeat talk as wishful thinking.
“We have heard such talk before.
“They always win their games on paper, but reality always haunts them. Ndi akazi athu awa,” he said.
Bullets, who are the defending champions, are currently fifth with 22 points from 12 games, while Wanderers are second with 26 points from the same number of games.