The country’s three football giants—Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers—will this weekend be on the road for crucial away fixtures that will define their destiny in the TNM Super League first round.
Third-placed Bullets invade the Northern Region to face Ekwendeni Hammers at Mzuzu Stadium this afternoon.
Bullets were held by 10-man Mafco in their last assignment while Ekwendeni lost 3-2 to Moyale Barracks.
Initially, the reigning champions were supposed to play Civil Service United, but there was a change in the fixtures.
Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa, who is under pressure to rediscover the team’s lost form, said the People’s Team is ready to face any team.
He said: “As the technical panel, we take every fixture as it comes and we don’t have any problem with that. We just need to prepare well so that we go and play good football.”
Lilongwe giants Silver Striker storm Blantyre to face Red Lions this afternoon at Mpira Stadium and Ntopwa FC tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium.
The Central Bankers have a chance of reclaiming the top spot if they collect maximum points against Red Lions this afternoon and a win tomorrow will see them open a four-point gap.
Silver assistant coach McDonald Mtetemera said the two fixtures are key to ensuring the Central Bankers’ campaign is on track.
He said they are aware that the two teams, who are coming from losses will be tough to beat.
Said Mtetemera: “Our target is to win both matches.”
Wanderers will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record to three games when they take on Blue Eagles at Nankhaka in Lilongwe this afternoon.
The Nomads have collected nine out of 12 points since the league resumed after losing to Moyale Barracks and winning against Ekwendeni Hammers, Ntopwa FC and Chitipa United, to move to eighth on the table.
Coach Bob Mpinganjira said he hopes his charges will not get complacent with the two consecutive victories when they face the Malawi Police Service outfit.
“We need to remain focused. This is a different game all together,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mafco will be eyeing third position when they take on Mzuzu Warriors tomorrow at Mzuzu Stadium.
The Salima-based outfit is seventh on the table with 18 points, but a victory over Warriors will see them move to third.
Coach Temwa Msuku said the Malawi Defence Force outfit urgently needs maximum points after drawing against Bullets.
“We are seventh, but the gap between us and the teams in the top four is not that big. If we win, we will overtake the teams who are currently on 19 points. That’s why we need to win at all cost because even a draw is not desirable,” he said.