TNM Super League leaders Nyasa Big Bullets expect another muddy afternoon as they face Civil Sporting Club at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe this afternoon in their last away game in the 2019 season.
After this afternoon’s match, the People’s Team head back to their base Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre where they will await TN Stars and Moyale Barracks in their last two matches.
After overcoming Silver Strikers on Sunday at water-logged Silver Stadium, Bullets still lead the 16-team log table with 61 points, just a point above second-placed Be Forward Wanderers with three matches left each.
Coach CallistoPasuwa said he expects another high intensity encounter against the Civil Servants.
“The team is looking good. The players are ready to play. No injuries so far. But the games have been intensive throughout. The teams we are playing are throwing everything at us,” he said.
However, the Zimbabwean tactician bemoaned the condition of the pitch at Civo Stadium which hosted another game between Kamuzu Barracks and Dwangwa United yesterday.
“You know we played on a water-logged pitch against Silver. We have been trying to recover from that. Today we were interrupted again by the rains and we didn’t train.
“We also expect the same conditions in the game against Civil. Those are some of the technicalities we are facing towards the end on this season. But that’s part of the game,” he said.
Bullets have never lost at their backyard Kamuzu Stadium for over two seasons.. Their only two losses to Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks were away.
As Bullets are wrapping up their away games, rivals Wanderers will be at home against Tigers FC in a tricky assignment.
Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira said they intend to put more pressure on Bullets by collecting maximum points.
“It’s another difficult match. Tigers always give us headache. But we are equal to the task. We need to win again to keep the pressure on Bullets,” he said.
But Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika has warned the Nomads not to expect an easy ride.
“This is also an important game for us as we are fighting to finish in the top eight. We can’t afford to drop points,” he said.
The Nomads played their last game at home as they beat SavendaChitipa United 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium last Sunday.
But they will wrap up the season with two away games to TN Stars and MlathoMponela.
Unlike Bullets, the Nomads have lost twice at home and once away. They lost in both home and away to Blue Eagles and at home against Moyale Barracks.
Any slip up on the part of Bullets or Nomads could see one of them kissing the title race goodbye.
Third-placed Silver have wrapped up the season with 53 points after beating SavendaChitipa United 3-0 on Monday.
However, they too are not safe as Blue Eagles, who have 50 points, can overtake them on goal difference if they beat Karonga United this afternoon in their last game.