Local football giants—Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers—will be hoping to chalk their first TNM Super League victories today after hitting blanks last weekend.
The Nomads, who came from behind to hold Mzuzu Warriors 1-1 last Sunday, host the Central Bankers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while the People’s Team faces Karonga United at Karonga Stadium.
The Central Bankers lost 2-1 to their capital city rivals Civil Service (Civo) United last Sunday while the People’s Team were held to a barren draw by Blue Eagles..
The centre of focus in the Nomads versus Silver tie will be West African duo—gangly forward Mike Tetteh and defender Yunis Shariff—whom Wanderers took on board after being released by the Central Bankers.
However, the Ghanaian striker on Thursday said it will be sensational facing his former team if he gets a chance to play.
“Players always look forward to facing their former teams and I am no exception.
“I am now a Nomad and it gives me a chance to prove my worth. I anticipate a good game,” he said.
Tetteh is tipped to mesh potently with Vincent Nyangulu and either Babatunde Adepoju or Peter Wadabwa while captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Felix Zulu and Isaac ‘Tcheya’ Kaliyati are tipped to start in midfield.
Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira said their target this season is not to drop points at home and the mission starts this afternoon.
He said: “We need to be creating chances and make them count.
“If we play according to our game plan, then we should get a positive result. We are prepared for the match.”
On the other hand, Silver assistant coach McDonald Mtetemera said they have recovered from their loss to Civo.
“The loss was a timely wake-up call and we have been working on the shortfalls we noted in that game.
“Preparations have gone on well and we are optimistic of getting a positive result,” he said.
Ironically, when they met last season, both matches ended in draws.
The predominantly new-look Silver will look up to midfielder Young Chimodzi Jnr, Duncan Nyoni, Thuso Paipi and Foster Bitoni for inspiration.
In the first-round, the two teams played out a goalless draw in the capital while the second round encounter ended one-all in Blantyre.
In other matches, Rookies Ekwendeni Hammers host Kasungu-based TN Stars at Mzuzu Stadium, Tigers FC face Red Lions at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township Blantyre while Mafco FC date Civo at Chitowe in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.